Mike Sonksen is a poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, teacher, and mentor of teen writers. His book I Am Alive in Los Angeles! is included in the curriculum of several universities and high schools. His chapbook, Poetics of Location, was published in 2016 by writ large press. A third-generation LA native, much of his writing celebrates the city's literary heritage. His many articles on LA culture can be found on the KCET website. His work has also appeared in The Architect's Newspaper, Entropy, Cultural Weekly and Los Angeles Review of Books. Sonksen holds an M.A. in English and history from Cal State LA.