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Celebration of African American Poetry This Weekend

  “A Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry,” the longest running public program in Oakland Public Library history, will be held Saturday, Feb....

Azariah Cole-Shephard, 2016 Youth Poet Laureate, Captures the Spotlight

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...

Winners of the “Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest”

Richmond Writes! Poetry Contest winners have been selected! The contest, conceived of by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) as a way to...

“The Benefit of Words” Supports Marcus Books

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,...

Imprisoned Compassion – A poem by Richard Wembe Johnson

A poem by Richard Wembe Johnson from Folsom State Prison   One would think in a prison cell one couldn’t find compassion; <p>From all likelihood, it would...

Local Poet Mary Rudge, 85

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...

Amiri Baraka, 79, Author and Activist

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,...

Slam Poet Comes to SF State

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...

Bay Area Poet Raises $10,000 to Publish “Laundry and Love Notes”

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...

“Poetry by the Bay,” Vallejo’s Largest Open Mic Event

As the largest open mic event in Vallejo, Poetry by the Bay has brought together talented poets, lyricists, and artists from all over the...
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