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Brian Sonia-Wallace

Brian Sonia-Wallace is the 4th Poet Laureate of the City of West Hollywood, the author of The Poetry of Strangers (Harper Collins 2020), and has spent the last decade writing poems for thousands of strangers at Pride festivals, in the Mall of America, aboard Amtrak trains, tailgating Banksy, and at the Wailing Wall. He is a 2021 Laureate Fellow for the Academy of American Poets for his LGBTQ+ organizing, and his work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Guardian, Poets.org, and more. Briansoniawallace.com / @rentpoet.
WeHo Pride Poets are popping up all over the city with typewriter installations, a phone line, and a podcast during Pride Month 2022. This year features 25 LGBTQ+ poets who will hear your stories and give you a custom...
Last Wednesday, Micky’s WeHo, one of the largest nightclubs in West Hollywood’s Boystown/LGBT Rainbow District, launched something a little different from its usual drag and DJ nights: a new weekly open mic series called The Mic @ Micky’s. It returns...
As Poet Laureate of the City of West Hollywood, I’m always looking out for writing nooks to inspire the muse. These are some of my favorites from the past year serving as the official poet of the city! === Laurel Park Nestled...
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