Armenian Classical Writers header
David Turshyan, April 24, 2020

Here is a centuries-old Armenian riddle by Nerses Shnorhali.

No feathers and no wings it has,
Swifter than a bird it flies,
From land to land it tours and turns,
With companions it returns.

old red compact car in bad shape
Christa Deitrick, April 23, 2020

Welcome to the penultimate batch of affectionate, exasperated, and always entertaining poems written by our staff about their first car. We threw down the challenge last week as part of National Poetry Month, and the response was automatic!

Collage of poetry books for children
Caitlin Quinn, April 21, 2020

"Sheer perfection, no objection, near confection" —Fred Rogers

1980 Ford Fiesta
Christa Deitrick, April 16, 2020

In celebration of National Poetry Month, we gave Los Angeles Public Library staffers a poetry prompt—Write an Ode to Your First Car—and the response was Fast and Furious!

illustration by Basil T. Blackwood shows a seated audience looking attentive
Christa Deitrick, April 06, 2020

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, nonsense verse is defined as “humorous or whimsical verse that differs from other comic verse in its resistance to any rational or allegorical interpretation.

Illustration of cherry blossom tree
Christa Deitrick, March 20, 2018

In 1999, the United Nations selected March 21st as its official World Poetry Day. The idea was to set aside one day each year to celebrate poetry’s unique ability to express the deepest and most universal aspects of the human condition.

Baseball player
Christa Deitrick, April 14, 2017

April is National Poetry Month, and it's also the month that Major League Baseball kicks off a brand-new season. What better way to celebrate than by combining the two?

Luis J. Rodriguez. Photo by Kevin Scanlon
Luis J. Rodriguez, September 17, 2015

In the United States, “Latinx Heritage Month” is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. This is a time to recognize and honor Latinx peoples, cultures, issues, contributions, and histories.

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.