Tom Laichas recommends LA Poets

I mentioned Cynthia Guardado’s Cenizas — she’s definitely one to look out for. Here’s a list of others who I may have forgotten at lunch: 

Laurel Ann Bogen

Christopher Buckley

Brendan Constantine

Kim Dower

Alexis Rhone Fancher

Michael C. Ford

Sesshu Foster

Jerry Garcia

Dana Gioia

liz gonzalez (has a lot of poems about LA—grew up in the Inland Empire, and writes much about that.)

Eloise Klein Healy (Artemis in Echo Park)

Robin Coste Lewis (To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness — an LA-based book of poetry, photo essay, commentary on race, and reflection on family)

Suzanne Lummis, reigning godmother of L.A. poetry. 

Phoebe Macadams 

Bill Mohr

Harryette Mullen (Urban Tumbleweed, collection of LA-based tankas)

Majid Naficy

Harry Northup

Steven Reigns

Martha Ronk (Desire in L.A.)

Patty Seyburn (writes of OC & suburban L.A.)

Mike Sonksen

Susan Suntree (her epic Sacred Sites is an L.A. history that reaches back literally to the creation of the universe). 

Lynne Thompson

Pam Ward

Happy reading! 



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