Letters to My City
Mike Sonksen (Author)
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Together we are alive in a city of destiny.
I am still alive in Los Angeles!
The poems and essays in Letters to My City combine two decades of field experience, research, personal observations, and stories told to the author, a third-generation Los Angeles native, by his grandfather and other family members, to interrogate all sides of Los Angeles, its streets, its people, its neighborhoods, as a means to examine the postmodern metropolis.
Writ Large Press
February 15, 2019
5.25 X 8.0 X 0.47 inches | 0.53 pounds
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About the Author
Mike Sonksen aka Mike the PoeT is a 3rd-generation Los Angeles native. He is a poet, professor, journalist, historian and also teaches at Woodbury University. Previously he taught at Cal State LA and Southwest College and before that he taught high school for six years. Dating back to 2008, he has published over 300 students in various publications he has edited on both the high school and collegiate level. Sonksen has published over 500 essays and poems with publications like Academy of American Poets, Alta, KCET, Poets & Writers Magazine, PBS, BOOM, Wax Poetics, Southern California Quarterly, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Lana Turner, Metropolis, The Architect's Newspaper, LA Alternative Press, Los Angeles Review of Books, LA Taco, LAist, LA Parent and more. Sonksen has also been awarded on three separate occasions by the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayors' Office in 2008. Sonksen has been a guest speaker at over 100 universities and high schools. He has also presented his poetry on public radio stations KCRW, KPFK and KPCC and TV stations like Spectrum News. In 2013, the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center honored Sonksen for "Distinguished Service to the Los Angeles Poetry Community.