Lewis MacAdams is a Los Angeles-based poet, journalist, and filmmaker, and has authored over 20 books of poems and stories.
Collection materials include MacAdams’ monographs; environmental and cultural journalism; film projects; correspondence with
poets and artists; files related to the Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR); performance materials from the San Francisco
and Los Angeles poetry and arts scenes; publications from MacAdams’ library, and personal memorabilia, as well as countless
drafts and poetry fragments. MacAdams' work embraces performance art and political activism on behalf of local and national
causes, and includes files related to the founding of FoLAR. His writings about the river, politics, culture, and crime have
been published in
Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times, and the
Lewis MacAdams is a poet, journalist, and filmmaker whose work embraces performance art and political activism. Born October
12, 1944 and raised in Dallas, Texas, MacAdams earned a B.A. in English from Princeton in 1966 and a Master’s degree from
State University of New York, Buffalo in 1968. He participated in the poetry and performance scenes in Bolinas and San Francisco
and was director of the Poetry Center at San Francisco State University from 1975-1978. After moving to Los Angeles, MacAdams
concentrated on poetry and journalism as well as film and television projects, including a collaboration with EZTV founder
John Dorr and the Lannan Foundation on a video series that featured readings by poets. He also wrote and performed with avant-garde
artists like The Dark Bob and others in the Los Angeles performance scene. MacAdams founded Friends of the Los Angeles River
(FOLAR) in 1986, which he describes as a “40-year art work” that aims to harness creative energies which engage politics,
magic, and imagination “to bring the Los Angeles River, one of the most degraded rivers on earth, back to life.” MacAdams
has been married twice and has four children.
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