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Poetry Center hosts award-winning queer writers

September 19, 2018 Life 0 Comments

On Thursday, Sept. 13, the critically acclaimed SF State Poetry Center hosted Whiting Award 2018 recipients, Brontez Purnell, and Tommy Pico, both prolific writers within contemporary LGBTQ+ spoken word and performance. Purnell, originally from Alabama, has been performing and writing in the Bay Area for over ten years. He is the frontman of the local ...

Maya Angelou’s unknown past as SF railway conductor

March 7, 2018 Life

Maya Angelou was known for her poetry and activism but very few know of her summer in San Francisco as the first woman of color to be hired as a street railway conductor. The impact of her art and hardships are remembered by people such as SF State student Vianney Casas, who said Angelou has ...

Bring back the knowledge form banned books

October 11, 2017 Life News

Powerful texts that were forbidden to be taught and read in different educational institutions, including correctional facilities, were revisited by students and professors alike during Banned Book Week. The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center put on the Banned Book Week event that took place in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Center on Sept. 28th. The ...

Activism and artistry intersect

September 5, 2017 Life

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 illustrious careers. They spoke at an Aug. 31 reading ...

Students and members of B.R.U.H. gather to celebrate Black History Month with open mic and art gallery

February 28, 2017 Life

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 to fellow students perform heartfelt songs and political poetry ...

SPEAK prepares for national slam poetry competition

November 15, 2016 Life

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 — the preliminary rounds for the College Unions Poetry Slam ...

Poetry center kicks off first event of the semester

September 14, 2016 Life

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 poets for the poetry center is to bring to the ...

Professor uses power of words to educate and entertain

March 3, 2015 Life

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. Johnson, a professor of communications and poet Rudy Francisco shared ...

Breast cancer survivor and poet is honored by poetry center

December 12, 2014 Life

SF State’s Poetry Center honored the work of a poet who has transformed her breast cancer diagnosis into messages of survival and strength during a poetry reading Dec. 6. Anne Boyer is a friend to many, a well-known poet, a single mother and a woman whose life was suddenly interrupted at the beginning of this ...

SPEAK poetry group hones talents, competes in New York slam

April 2, 2013

Artistic expression calls for a medium to showcase its creativity. For SF State student Jarvis Subia, he found that medium through poetry. “Having somewhere to openly express your art and who you are is vital, I feel for most artists,” Subia, a 22-year-old creative writing major, said. “Without SPEAK (Spoken Poetry Expressed by All Kinds), ...