“A Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry,” the longest running public program in Oakland Public Library history, will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., 1801 Adeline St. [...]
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.