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New Book in 2019

-Mike Sonksen's Latest book "Letters to My City" combine two decades of field experience, research, personal observations as a means to examine the postmodern metropolis MORE

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Hello family and friends, Salute to all! Mike’s latest book, LETTERS TO MY CITY, has been published by Civil Coping Mechanisms, being released in Feb. 2019.

Mike has also made several school appearances lecturing, performing poetry and teaching workshops in the last year. Schools include Woodbury University, Edgewood High School, Cal State LA, USC, Harbor College, Loyola High School and Occidental College. -The Alive in Los Angeles team

Mike Sonksen, also known as Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation L.A. native acclaimed for published essays, poetry performances and mentoring teen writers. A former inner-city high school teacher, Sonksen has published over 500 articles and poems since he graduated from UCLA in 1997. His first book I Am Alive in Los Angeles! has been added to the curriculum of several universities and secondary schools. His weekly KCET column “L.A. Letters” celebrates literary Los Angeles. In 2014, he completed an M.A. in English and History from the California State University of Los Angeles. Sonksen is an Adjunct Professor at Southwest College and Woodbury University.


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