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I'm a journalist and  essayist based in Los Angeles, telling the city's story one sentence at a time.  My latest book  "A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia E. Butler"— a Hugo Award finalist — traces the California-born writer's early formation, through an assemblage of objects drawn from her personal archive. My 2018 book, After/Image: Los Angeles Outside the Frame,  is a collection of essays and photographs exploring Los Angeles' ever-shifting terrain.

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Los Angeles Reimagined 

 From Sierra 

For more than 20 years, a community of deeply engaged residents, activists, artists, scientists, and culture workers has been reimagining what an urban and wild Los Angeles can be. The significance of that vision is more urgent than ever. The unique geography of Southern California makes it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change—water scarcity, wildfires, rising seas, air pollution amplified by rising temperatures, flooding. Now Los Angeles, project by project, neighborhood by neighborhood, is a city at the vanguard of addressing the climate crisis by transforming public spaces into green spaces, replenishing native habitat, and preserving mature shade trees to increase the protective tree canopy. Many Angelenos have long advanced such notions for LA; today they have a better chance of succeeding, thanks to a push by the federal government.


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