Activism and creativity can blend to become both beautiful and haunting social commentary, which is no truer than in the poetry work of two SF State alumni.
Nellie Wong and Genny Lim are Bay Area natives who have promoted themes of equity and equality throughout their
SF State’s Black Residents United in Housing used music, spoken-word performances and art to unite people in celebration of Black History Month.
B.R.U.H. hosted the open mic and art gallery Friday evening in the Mary Park Lounge. Approximately 50 people of all backgrounds came to listen
After holding their last open mic of the semester on Tuesday, Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds are organizing a slam poetry team and setting their sights on national competition.
While SPEAK’s monthly open mics are open to everyone — including, rappers, singers or storytellers —
Tongo Eisen-Martin’s powerful voice captivated students and faculty Thursday Night at the poetry center’s first event of the semester. Attentive faces listened and nodded along to his expressions of life, love and frustrations against an unjust criminal justice system.
“One of my goals in programming
Looking out into a sea of eyes staring back at him, Javon Johnson reeled in the audience's attention with wit and laughter. After a few jokes that eased the crowd with humor, he dove into serious words of insight with a loud clear voice that captivated the entire auditorium.
[caption id="attachment_62133" align="aligncenter" width="1024"][media-credit name="Amanda Peterson / Xpress" align="aligncenter" width="1024"][/media-credit] Lauren Levin reads a poem of her own titled "Leak" inspired by Anne Boyer's writing at a Poetry reading in honor of Boyer at Ruth's Table in the Mission District, Saturday, Dec. 6. [/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="1024" caption="Members of SPEAK, a poetry group based out of SF State pose after a rehearsal for their upcoming slam competition in New York. From left to right: Anthony May, Jarvis Subia, Imani Cezanne, Andrew Bigelow, and Cosmo Goodnick. Photo by Andy