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.”

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