Wanda Coleman and Lewis MacAdams
In conversation with Lynell George
April 12, 2012

Two celebrated poets read from their most recent work and discuss how Los Angeles has influenced their writing, how some influences overlap and others diverge. Born in Watts, Wanda Coleman witnessed Simon Rodia working on the Towers firsthand. Coleman’s work is often concerned with the outsider, both in terms of race and poverty in California. Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist, filmmaker, and activist who has written on topics ranging from cultural history to the environment. Known as the Los Angeles River’s most influential advocate, he co-founded the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR) and dubbed it “a forty-year art work.”

Listen
Subscribe
Share on

Explore

Podcast | November 8, 2011

From Tijuana to Gaza to Bosnia: Rethinking Borders in a 21st Century World

Krzysztof Czyźewski, Dorit Cypis, Marcos Ramírez Erre, Josh Kun, Rubén Martínez, Ofelia Zepeda

Artists, scholars, and cultural activists from Europe, Mexico, and the United States convene in Los Angeles-home to migrants, refugees, and…

Podcast | April 20, 2017

Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards

Vievee Francis, Phillip B. Williams

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of one of contemporary poetry’s most prestigious awards—Claremont Graduate University’s Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, given…

Podcast | April 18, 2017

Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River

David Owen

The Colorado River is a crucial resource for a large part of the United States, and every gallon that flows…

Podcast | March 9, 1997

City of Refuge: The Exiled Writer in Los Angeles

Majid Naficy, Anchee Min, SAID

This program includes readings and discussion among writers in exile from their native countries. Majid Naficy, an Iranian poet who…