poetry

For one poet, fine art and reality TV both inspire

Oct 11, 2017
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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.

 

 

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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
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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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"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

"Baby"

Pauline Barrera, Moscone Elementary

"My Life as a Dog"

Justin Fang, Garfield Elementary

Angela Hennessy's complete poem, as delivered on the You're Going To Die stage at the 2016 Re:Imagine|End of Life Festival.

"My Side"

Eriberto Jimenez, Marshall Elementary

 

"Love"

 

Sandra Mendoza, Junipero Serra Elementary


"Sadness"

Pamela Alvarez, Junipero Serra Elementary

"My Feeling"

Carol Munos, E.R. Taylor Elementary

"Thank You Grandpa"

Marco Gongora, Paul Revere Elementary

Sights & Sounds: Deuce Eclipse

Jan 26, 2017
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Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene. Deuce Eclipse, vocalist for local band Bang Data, told KALW’s Jen Chien about three cool arts events happening around the Bay this weekend.

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Last week, some of the Bay Area’s most celebrated authors came together to share their thoughts about our own democratic moment. The event, presented by Litquake, was called “No Shadow Without Light: Writers Respond to Trump.”

Oakland's Youth Poet Laureate: "Words can save lives"

Aug 15, 2016
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Azariah Cole-Shephard is Oakland's newest Youth Poet Laureate. Azariah doesn’t write too many love poems. She says since we're living in a society so filled with hate, there are more urgent priorities.

The Book Report: Amy Berkowitz

Mar 28, 2016
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In The Book Report series, KALW talks to local authors about the books they love. Today we hear about Tyler Vile's Never Coming Home from Amy Berkowitz, a writer living in San Francisco.

Eden Bassett Jones

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Brittani Sensabaugh: a photographer whose project, 222 Forgotten Cities, documents the beauty and struggle of daily life in marginalized communities of color across the U.S.  

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Producer Martina Castro took a walk around the Mission with San Francisco’s poet Laureate, Alejandro Murguía, to hear about what the neighborhood used to be like when he moved back in the 1970s, and what’s changed. Here’s the first part of their tour.  

A poem from Youth Radio: "Rose Flower"

Feb 22, 2016
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Darelle Brown is a participant in Remix Your Life, an arts program run by Youth Radio. Brown grew up in Oakland, and he imagines what it's like to be a rose pushing it's way up through his city's soil.

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Coloring books!

Amy Snyder

Sights & Sounds is your weekly guide to the Bay Area arts scene through the eyes and ears of local artists. Our guest is Zarouhie Abdalian: current artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

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