30 Poems in 30 Days – Jane Hammons

Jane Hammons is a professor at UC Berkeley as well as a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. In addition to her passion for teaching, she is also passionate about writing. Her story “The Land with No Air,” is included in Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories of 25 Words or Fewer (W. W. Norton 2010), and she recently guest-edited the inaugural issue of Fictionaut Selects for Fictionaut.com. She is a member of The Author’s Guild, and her writing can be found in the Columbia Journalism Review , the San Francisco Chronicle , as well as several other journals and magazines such as Alaska Quarterly Review and Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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As ever,  portrait of the poet.

Jane Hammons, photo by David Herschorn

Jane Hammons, photo by David Herschorn

30 Poets in 30 Days – Tim “Toaster” Henderson 
30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert 30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 16, 2014 at 10:32 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Tim “Toaster” Henderson

Toaster is an artist and Bay Area transplant out of Chicago, Illinois. A poet, mural artist,and musician, Toaster uses a kaleidoscope of artistic vision to create, express and teach. Before leaving Chicago, he was featured on National Public Radio, at the legendary Green Mill, and at the World’s largest youth poetry slam “Louder Than A Bomb”. Toaster is also a successful competitor, becoming the “Berkeley Slam” Individual World Poetry Slam representative for 2012 and competing for the Bay Area Unified Slam Team at the National Poetry Slam in 2013. You can find Toaster this Wednesday at the Starry Plough on Shattuck in Berkeley competing in the finals for a chance to represent Berkeley at this year’s National Poetry Slam. Come out and show some love! More info here.

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His portrait, courtesy of David Herschorn.

Tim "Toaster" Henderson, photo by David Herschorn

Tim “Toaster” Henderson, photo by David Herschorn

 

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30 Poets in 30 Days – Sara Marinelli
30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert 30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Sara Marinelli

Sara Marinelli grew up in Italy, where she received her PhD in Literatures in English from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza.” After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Santa Cruz, in 2007, Sara decided to make the Bay Area her home. In 2013, she completed an MFA in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University. Her main academic interests are women’s writing and post-colonial literature and theory. Sara is also a fiction writer and a translator, and has experimented with narration in film at Open Eye Pictures, where she co-produced and co-edited the documentary Alfredo’s Fire. She co-curates an all-women literary reading series in the Bay Area. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francsico.

 

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Her portrait awaits…

Sara Marinelli, Photo by David Herschorn

Sara Marinelli, Photo by David Herschorn

Another poem from Sara in her native Italian. Possiamo noi non parla italiano, ma, accidenti, suona impressionante.

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30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert
30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 14, 2014 at 10:35 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez

Freddy Gutierrez (MFA 15′, Mills College), vato de aquellos, facilitates writing and performance arts spaces with men and youth who are policed, imprisoned, and marginalized by the prison-industrial complex. The bulk of his poetic creations have been performative in that the works have gone from the page to the stage and the street.

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Freddy has read and performed at cultural centers and universities throughout the Bay Area and  Northern California, as well as, to support many of the local social protests, rallies, and direct actions for campaigns concerned with immigrant rights, housing and tenant rights, indigenous rights, and the criminalization of youth of color. He’s published poems with California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera’s LoWriter of the Week, The Acentos Review, POOR Magazine, and {m}aganda Magazine.

You can find his portrait right here.

 

Photo by David Herschorn

Photo by David Herschorn

 

30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert
30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill
 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 13, 2014 at 10:54 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo

Saturday! Saturday! Cedar! Sigo! Today we are featuring a genuine direct descendent of America’s literary legacy, Cedar Sigo. Sigo draws on personal experience and a host of cultural material, which is then culled into sculpted lyrical collages. He has studied with poets the likes of Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot & Alice Notley, to name a few. Cedar uses poetry as a way to record his own adventures as a reader, traveler, lover, poet, friend, and he welcomes the reader to share the experience.  He was raised on The Suquamish reservation near Seattle and home schooled from the eighth grade onward. In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship to study writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado.  He is reading from his book, Language Arts, available for purchase here.

 

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National Poetry Portrait Month!

Photo by David Herschorn

Photo by David Herschorn

30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert
30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill
 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 12, 2014 at 11:29 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Casey Gardner

Casey Gardner likes poems and red wine. And Poems. Let her count the ways. You can catch her at 16th & Mission on Thursday nights or out and about town performing, writing & reading… poems. She also teaches weekly writer’s workshop at The Honey Hive Gallery and will soon be part of SPARC Poetry, which teaches slam to elementary and middle schoolers. Oh and almost forgot, Casey’s also a bad ass MC. Check out more of her work here.

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The mo’ portraits we come across, the more people we see.

Casey Gardner, photo by David Herschorn

Casey Gardner, photo by David Herschorn #poems

30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill
 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 11, 2014 at 6:39 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Alexandra Naughton

Stoked to have Alexandra Naughton as our featured poet today. When she isn’t writing & performing her unique brand of Daria-esque infused poetry, Alexandra busies herself as her hip-hop alter-ego, The Tsaritsa, & can be found dropping phat rhymes on Soundcloud or promoting her book, I Will Always Be Your Whore: Love Songs for Billy Corgana tribute to the elusive & ever-poetic Smashing Pumpkins frontman. She hopes Billy reads the book someday.

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If you didn’t suspect a portrait, you suspected wrong.

Photo by David Herschorn

Photo by David Herschorn

Catch more of Alexandra at www.thetsaritsasez.com.

30 Poets in 30 Days – Charlie Getter
30 Poets in 30 Days – Freddy Gutierrez
30 Poets in 30 Days – Cedar Sigo
30 Poets in 30 Days – Casey Gardner
30 Poets in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert
30 Poets in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja
30 Poets in 30 Days – Arisa White
30 Poets in 30 Days – Caitlin Gill
 30 Poets in 30 Days – Dan Williams
30 Poets in 30 Days – Dave Levine
30 Poets in 30 Days – Press Release

Posted April 10, 2014 at 10:17 am

Last Chance to Help Build Ragged Wing’s Flight Deck

We are BIG FANS of anyone who goes out and bootstraps their way through building a venue. We’re also BIG FANS of local artists making new work for their communities. So naturally we’re BIG FANS of Ragged Wing and the Flight Deck. Check it out:

 

 

They’ve got about 30 hours left in their Indiegogo campaign, and if you’ve got a couple bucks to kick in to build what might be Oakland’s only indy, downtown theater, go and make that shit rain!

Posted April 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm