Mike Sonksen

Mike Sonksen, is a 3rd-generation L.A. native whose prose and poetry have been included in programs with the Mayor’s Office, the Los Angeles Public Library’s “Made in LA” series, and Grand Park. Most recently, one of his KCET essays was nominated for an Award with the LA Press Club. Sonksen teaches at Woodbury University where he was awarded by the Associated Students Organization for Excellence in Teaching. His city tours have been sponsored by the Museum of Neon Art and the City of Los Angeles’s Department of Cultural Affairs.

Updated September 2018

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Little Tokyo

We have a focus on Little Tokyo as inspiration and a special triple threat treat for this month’s edition of Nikkei Uncovered. First, we have a piece from D Hideo Maruyama, based in LA and a veteran of the Asian American literary scene. Next is poetry from third generation LA native, Mike Sonksen, accompanied by artwork by his wife and Tokyo-born/LA-raised Emi Motokawa Sonksen. The literary and creative work from all three of these artists continues to make a substantial impact on the Asian American community and Los Angeles as a whole. We’re excited to include just ...

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