Brian Sonia-Wallace is a 3rd generation Angeleno who makes live poetry and theatre with communities. His work has been published in The Guardian and profiled by the New York Times, NPR and the BBC, and he is currently working on a book for Harper Collins on poetry's intersections with marginalized spaces. As an cultural critic and commentator, Brian has profiled everything from Mariachi music to the avant garde, writing for LA County Art Commission, The Ford Theatres, LACMA Unframed, HowlRound, ArtsBeatLA, LA Theater Review, Mississippi Review, and others. As an arts entrepreneur, Brian regularly creates live typewriter poetry installations and shows for large clients including Google, YouTube, the City of Los Angeles (Artist-in-Residence 2016), the City of Santa Monica, the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, The Music Center, Grand Park, The Broad Stage, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more.
Brian authored a chapter on urban arts activism in Art + The City (Rutledge, 2017) and has guest lectured or presented workshops at UCLA, CSUN, UC Berkeley, Miami University (OH), University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and University of Nebraska, Omaha. As a teaching artist, Brian also brings poetry and theatre to K-12 students throughout LA County, in partnership with Get Lit and 24th Street Theatre. Brian holds an MA from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, with a thesis on community voicing projects.