Lewis MacAdams is a Texas native and the author of more than a dozen books of poetry including, the most recent, Dear Oxygen. In 1970 he moved to Bolinas, a small town in West Marin County, California, where he became one of the few American poets ever to be elected to public office. In 1985, he founded Friends of the Los Angeles River, a 40-year art work to bring the Los Angeles River back to life. He remains the organization's president. His book Birth of the Cool, a history of the idea of cool, was chosen one of the best non-fiction books of the year for 2001 by the Los Angeles Times.
Lynell George is an L.A.-based journalist and essayist. A longtime staff writer for both the Los Angeles Times and L.A. Weekly, she covers books, music, visual art, social issues and identity politics. Her work has also appeared in Vibe, Essence, The Smithsonian, Black Clock and Boom: A Journal of California. George is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles where she teaches journalism.
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