poetry

Radio Poets 2018: Angelo Castro, "When I'm King"

Apr 24, 2018

When I'm King

By Angelo Castro, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

When I'm king, I would want a queen, by my side when I'm having a hard time...

Radio Poets 2018: Mia Abrajan, "The Loving Sky"

Apr 23, 2018

The Loving Sky is always in our memories

It always has a special place in my life

like the love we have for our family and friends

It will last for eternity

because the loving sky's abundance is ever lasting

(music: Younger Than Yesterday by Real Estate)

 

Yo Le Voy A Los Chivas

By Lizbeth Leon, Glassbrook Elementary School

Yo le voy a los Chivas 

Y tambien mis amigos y amigas

Juntos jugamos futbol

Y nos gusta meter un goal

Radio Poets 2018: Juan Jimenez, "Where I'm From"

Apr 18, 2018

 

I am

By Juan Jimenez, Glassbrook Elementary School

 

I am from the United States

My parents are from a state in Mexico

I am happiness and joyfulness

Radio Poets 2018: Santos Dzib, "My Color Brown"

Apr 17, 2018

 My Color: Brown

By Santos Dzib, Sanchez Elementary School

 

Brown feels like a sugary chocolate cake melting in your mouth. 

Brown smells like wet mud after it rains. 

Radio Poets 2018: Wendy Sanchez Colaj, "The Stars"

Apr 16, 2018

 

The Stars

By Wendy Sanchez Colaj, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

The stars twinkle twinkle twinkle

All throughout the night they are so bright...

Radio Poets 2018: Xiomara Trejo, "My Heart"

Apr 12, 2018

My Heart is made of cotton candy

You can hear the sound of waves

I’ll bring my heart everywhere

To the Sun

Moon

and family

The sun is light

the moon is dark

and my family is life

From a whisper to a roar, Youth Speaks empowers young people worldwide

Apr 12, 2018
Courtesy Youth Speaks

  

On this edition of Your Call, we're celebrating National Poetry Month by speaking with two young poets and the senior program manager from Youth Speaks, a San Francisco based organization that teaches young poets how to use their words to express themselves, shape their place in the world, and build community.

 

 

Radio Poets 2018: Kevin Dzib, "My Color: Violet"

Apr 11, 2018

My Color: Violet

By Kevin Dzib, Sanchez Elementary 

Violet looks like a gecko crawling through the rainforest. ...

Radio Poets 2018: Rae'vyn Twine, "Imagine"

Apr 10, 2018

 

Imagine 

By Rae'vyn Twine, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

Imagine you are sitting on a cloud 

with no loud sounds 

Radio Poets 2018: Oliver Williams, "My Passion"

Apr 9, 2018

 

My Passion

By Oliver Williams, Sunnyside Elementary School...

When I'm King

By Ilyas Abdolcader, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

I'll be staring down at my town

While wearing my beautiful crown

Humble will be our game

Our town will have no shame

We'll have nothing sloppy

I make negative things things not exist

No homeless on our list

Happyness

By Pamela N. Alvarez Sosa, Junipero Serra

Happyness is when you have a lot of joy.

It's when your mom comes back from Mexico.

It's when you go somewhere for the first time.

Peace and Positivity

By Marco Gongora, Paul Revere Elementary School

Peace should spread around the world

like jam on toast...

Radio Poets 2018: Melany Perez, "Stars"

Apr 3, 2018

Stars

By Melany Perez, E.R. Taylor Elementary School

The stars look beautiful all night

I always get ready to see them

shine at dawn, shine so bright at night.

  

Rock Climber 

By Johnny Rodrguez, Marshall Elementary School   

 

  I used to rely on the hardness and the safety it gave me until, it disappeared.    

Now, I rely on my fingers who keep me safe and stable.

One slip and I fall to my doom.

Youth Speaks brings on a new leader

Mar 5, 2018
Courtesy of Youth Speaks

 

if you’ve ever been to a Youth Speaks poetry slam here in the Bay Area, you know young people have a lot to say.

Courtesy of Maw Shein Win

 

Maw Shein Win is El Cerrito’s first poet laureate, and it’s a job she’s more than ready for. She’s been writing, teaching, and organizing cultural events in the Bay Area for over 20 years.

For one poet, fine art and reality TV both inspire

Oct 11, 2017
Lisa Beth Anderson, resized and recropped

 

Poet and professor Dean Rader’s latest collection, "Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry," examines how we construct our own identities everyday using pop culture, politics, and literature. He isn’t afraid to make a wide range of references in his work, from the Internet to Expressionist art. He spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about where he draws inspiration for his poetry.

 

 

Ana Ruth Zamora, resized and recropped

 

At age nine, Javier Zamora left his grandparent’s home in El Salvador and made the treacherous journey across the U.S.-Mexico border by himself.

Youth Speaks: Golden State Warriors halftime show

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poets Aleah Bradshaw, Tova Ricardo, Tassiana Willis and Trey Amos performing their original poems at a Golden State Warriors' halftime show.

Youth Speaks: "An open letter to cis people"

Jul 20, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area this week, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ash Phillips performing the original poem "And open letter to cis people." 

Youth Speaks: "African in America"

Jul 17, 2017

The international youth poetry slam festival Brave New Voices comes to the Bay Area, bringing with it workshops, town halls, and poetry slams in Oakland and Berkeley. We're getting primed with poems from Youth Speaks. Here’s poet Ugochi Egonu performing "African in America."

 

 

 

Photo by Bethanie Hines, courtesy of Youth Speaks

More than twenty years ago, writer and educator James Kass was in graduate school at San Francisco State University. He had a small idea: a writing workshop for city teens.

Sights & Sounds: Marvin K. White

Jun 8, 2017
courtesy of Marvin K. White / cropped and resized

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Public theologian, artist and poet Marvin K. White told KALW’s Jen Chien about three fantastic arts events happening around the Bay this week.

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This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers... 


"My Place Now"

Izabella Arriaza, Junipero Serra Elementary

"In a Paradise"

Aurora Nguyen, Garfield Elementary

"Tofu Like Kung Fu"

Martin Levy, Garfield Elementary

"Life in Mexico"

Chloe Price, Moscone Elementary

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