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Colorful photo illustration with text Youth Poets
Lynne Thompson, July 13, 2022

In my role as the City’s Poet Laureate, l issued a call to L.A.’s middle schools for students’ poems responding to the following questions: What location or site in the City means the most to you & why? What part of Los Angeles would you want to save forever?


Collage of poetry books
Lynne Thompson, November 17, 2021

As I indicated in the November 4 episode of Poems on Air, there are a slew of new or forthcoming poetry collections that I’m excited to add to my reading table.


collage of poetry book covers
Lynne Thompson, May 18, 2021

One of the benefits of literature is that it allows the reader to empathize with the protagonists or—in the case of poets—with the themes and issues that concern them.


Tia Chucha's Cultural Center & Bookstore's mural depicting the tree of life, the masculine/feminine generating principles of the world, and the wholeness of self, community, earth, and spirit.
Luis J. Rodriguez, August 18, 2016

First, a number of greetings in the language of a few native peoples on this continent:

Yaa'teeh – “It is good” in Dine/Navajo

Kwira Va – “We are one” in Raramuri


Luis J Rodriguez
Luis J. Rodriguez, March 02, 2016

Walk with the young, America;
be young, again, America,
among the defiant and awake,
solid in their dreams.
Be the revolution in the marrow
where passions, ideals, fervors,
purpose and courage,
are not just qualities
people had in history books,


City Librarian John Szabo, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez, and Cultural Affairs Director Danielle Brazell
Luis J. Rodriguez, February 04, 2015

When I received the call last September from Mayor Eric Garcetti that I’d been chosen as the new Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, I had to keep this quiet until the official announcement in October.


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