2015 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival feat. Oakland Poets

2015 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival feat. Oakland Poets

 

2015 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival

feat. poets from Oakland

Friday, April 17, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed

2015 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival: Oakland

During 2014 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival poets were able to “step out of the melting pot” as T.S. Casey put it, and embrace their ethnic histories. Italian, Spanish as well as American were spoken onstage. Some of the poems were poignant, but others were humorous. Italian American poet Giovanna Capone presented a poem about a Godzilla-like salami attacking the city of New York.

The theme of the 2015 SFJAZZ Poetry Festival is "The Cities Speak Of Poetry." Four nights of poetry from San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Berkeley.

Oakland has a long-established history of literature and poetry, from Jack London to Amy Tan and Ishmael Reed, and this night celebrates the poets who represent the dynamism and diversity of the East Bay.

Artist Personnel

Tennessee Reed, poet
Theo Konrad, poet
Auer April, poet
Sinclair Avotcja, poet