Mike Sonksen, also known as, Mike the Poet, is a 3rd-generation LA native acclaimed for poetry performances, published articles & legendary city tours. Poet, journalist, historian, tour guide, teacher. He graduated from U.C.L.A.
Mike's book I AM ALIVE IN LOS ANGeLES! has been added to the curriculum of several universities. Mike's performed his poetry coast to coast at college campuses, museums, bookstores, nightclubs & just about any venue you can imagine.
His Los Angeles city tours combine poetry and history and have been written up in the New York Times, THE UK Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Straight No Chaser.
For BOOKING INFO:
Mike is booking for 2013 now.
Poetry performances, writing workshops,
Los Angeles Historical tours &
master of ceremonies.
LOCATIONS MIKE THE POET
has taught WRITING Workshops:
VIEW PARK PREPARATORY ACCELERATED CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
826 VALENCIA -- 826 LA East Echo PArk.
MAR VISTA YOUTH CENTER
MUSEUM OF NEON ART
STELLA ADLER CONSERVATORY
BOOK BY AUTHORS, LONG BEACH, CA
ARCHER SCHOOL FOR GIRLS
AVIVA FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES
SELMA AVE ELEMENTARY
More SCHOOLS Mike has performed & appeared at:
ARAGON ELEMENTARY -- CYPRESS PARK
AVIVA FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES -- HOLLYWOOD
CROZIER MIDDLE SCHOOL -- INGLEWOODDAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL -- COMPTON
GRIFFITHS MIDDLE SCHOOL -- DOWNEY, CA
HUDSON ELEMENTARY -- LONG BEACH
JOHN MUIR JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL -- LOS ANGELES
LOS FELIZ ELEMENTARY
MAYFAIR MIDDLE SCHOOL
PEOPLE WHO CARE - COMMUNITY CENTER
ARCHER SCHOOL FOR GIRLS -- Brentwood
ASPIRE ACADEMY -- HUNTINGTON PARK,
CABELMONT HIGH SCHOOL
BIRMINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL - VAN NUYS
CARSON HIGH SCHOOL -- CARSON, CA
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL -- Reseda
CROSSROADS SCHOOL -- Santa Monica
DUARTE HIGH SCHOOL -- DUARTE, CA
GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL
JORDAN HIGH SCHOOL -- LBC
LA VIDA WEST
LEUZINGER HIGH - LAWNDALE
LEGACY ACADEMY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
MILLIKAN HIGH SCHOOL - LBC
NOGALES HIGH SCHOOL -- COVINA, CA
NEW ROADS HIGH SCHOOL -- SANTA MONICA, CA
RANCHO CUCAMONGA HIGH SCHOOL
VIEW PARK PREP SCHOOL -- Crenshaw District
WATTS LEARNING CENTER
WILLARD HIGH SCHOOL
CAL POLY POMONA
CAL STATE FULLERTON
CAL STATE LONG BEACH
CAL STATE L.A.
CLAREMONT GRADUATE UNIVERSITY
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
EAST LA COLLEGE
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
PASADENA CITY COLLEGE
PITZER COLLEGE- Claremont
SANTA MONICA COLLEGE
UC SAN DIEGO
UC SANTA BARBARA
L.A. COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
L.A. TIMES BOOK PRIZES
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
ASSOCIATION OF WRITING PROGRAMS (AWP) CHICAGO - MARCH 2012
CONFERENCE FOR NEW URBANISM
MAYOR VILLARIAGOSSA (3 TIMES)
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
MUSEUM OF NEON ART
MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
ARMAND HAMMER MUSEUM
NORTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
SANTA CRUZ POETRY FESTIVAL
SPARRING WITH BEATNOK GHOSTS
LEIMERT PARK BOOKFAIR
WEST HOLLYWOOD BOOK FAIR
Whittier College Writers Conference
"The Best Minds of My Generation" is the first catalogue poem I ever wrote paying tribute to authors and musicians. It is also the first poem I recorded with DJ Dave.
The piece synthesizes my wide range of influences, and also responds to the 2001 book “The Birth of the Cool” by Lewis MacAdams. The subtitle of the book is “Beat, bebop & the American Avant-garde.” That phrase alone encompassed many of my influences. The book paid tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, San Francisco beats, and the 1960s New York art scene.
I just visited New York City last weekend for a poetry gig and to reconnect with my old friend, the ultra-talented painter-poet Phillip Martin. Our ritual back in the day was to go perform poetry somewhere early in the night and close it out somewhere on a dance floor or at a dive bar.
The emerging superstars of the new American Avant-garde are visionary vanguards bringing headcharge questing for satori through Art, Music & Poetry.
My next KCET column this friday will discuss New York City & my trip there..