When 18-year-old Azariah Cole-Shephard speaks, people listen. That’s because Oakland’s newly awarded 2016 Youth Poet Laureate doesn’t just have something to say – she has a captivating, educational and unapologetically bold way of telling [...]
Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest winners have been selected! The contest, conceived of by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) as a way to celebrate National Poetry Month, is in its fifth year.
Last week, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland hosted “The Benefit of Words,” a performance event benefitting Marcus Books. The night was filled with music, poetry, and art to honor the oldest African American bookstore in [...]
A poem by Richard Wembe Johnson from Folsom State Prison One would think in a prison cell one couldn’t find compassion; &
Mary Rudge, Alameda first poet laureate, died Sunday, Jan. 19 from cancer in her home with her daughter. Rudge was 85. She participated the day before she died in a celebration of poetry, art and [...]
Playwright, poet laureate, and political activist Amiri Baraka died Thursday at Beth Israel Medical Center after weeks of failing health. He was 79. A Newark, New Jersey native formerly known as Everett Leroi Jones, Amiri [...]
By Jonathan Morales, SF State News The story of how Javon Johnson began writing poetry seems straight out of a sitcom or after-school special. “This girl in high school who I was attracted to was [...]
Alicia Zakon recently self-published a new book of poetry, “Laundry and Love Notes,” utilizing crowdfunding to raise $10,000 she needed to make her dream a reality.
As the largest open mic event in Vallejo, Poetry by the Bay has brought together talented poets, lyricists, and artists from all over the Bay Area to share their work.
From the rough streets of South Central to performing with renowned musicians and comedians is the dream for most aspiring entertainers growing up in the Los Angeles area.