Brian Sonia-Wallace

Teaching Artist

Brian Sonia-Wallace is the West Hollywood City Poet Laureate and a national 2021 Laureate Fellow for the Academy of American Poets for LGBTQ+ poetry activism. In 2020, Harper Collins published his book The Poetry of Strangers: What I Learned Traveling America with a Typewriter, which US Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera called, "flaming toward humanity...a text we have been dreaming of.” Brian has been published in Poets.org, 14poems, Rattle, Rolling Stone, LitHub, and The Guardian, and has spent the last decade writing poems for over 10,000 strangers based on their stories in a string of unlikely residencies, ranging from Amtrak to the Mall of America. Brian’s custom poetry business, RENT Poet, was featured on NPR’s How I Built This. Its motto is, “everyone needs a poem.” He teaches with UCLA Extension Writers' Program and Get Lit - Words Ignite. More at briansoniawallace.com and @rentpoet.

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Why I Rise 2022

Classic Slam

SUMMERTIME Screening at Universal City Walk

Get Lit at The Promenade!

Virtual Open Mic

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