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

30 Poems in 30 Days – Charlie Getter


Charlie Getter is a poet and founding member of the Collaborative Arts Insurgency of San Francisco, the group that started the famed 16th & Mission open mic. He holds an MFA in Poetics from the New College of California and has a yellow dog named Tugboat that weighs over 100 pounds. You can find him regularly at 16th & Mission on Thursday evenings.

 

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And, just as you suspected, his portrait.

 

Photo by David Herschorn

Photo by David Herschorn

 

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 – 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 9, 2014 at 6:46 am

30 Poems in 30 Days – Kathy Gilbert

OK! We are well into week two of this little experiment and getting into some more great poetry. For installment 6 of PianoFight’s 30 Poems by 30 Poets in 30 Days we happily present award winning poet Kathy Gilbert, a recent recipient of an MFA from San Francisco State. Previously, she worked in public transportation for Muni and BART. Her poems have been published on-line and in print. Just Us Chickens, her illustrated poem for children of all ages, is available at Amazon.

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And of course, here’s her portrait:

 

Photo by David Herschorn

Photo by David Herschorn

And in case you need a little more Kathy Gilbert in your life, check this out:

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If you want to share some work, don’t hesitate to hit up andy(at)pianofight(dot)com. You can check out previous installments of 30 Poems by 30 Poets in 30 Days below:

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 – Alexandra Naughton
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 8, 2014 at 3:02 pm

30 Poems in 30 Days – Nicholas Nadja

For all the MetreManiacs out there, PianoFight continues its 30 Poems by 30 Poets in 30 Days with a poem & video from local artist Nicholas Nadja. You can check out more of his work here.

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And of course, here’s his portrait:

photo by David Herschorn

photo by David Herschorn

You may have noticed that we didn’t put out videos this weekend. Mostly that’s because PianoFight did a quick company retreat but also because we unexpectedly had no internet on said quick company retreat. Two-fer Tuesdays? Three-fer Thursdays? Anyway, expect 6-7 poems by Friday.

If you want to share some work, don’t hesitate to hit up andy(at)pianofight(dot)com. You can check out previous installments of 30 Poems by 30 Poets in 30 Days below:

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 – 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 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm