Sean King, Anna Marie, Laura Cook, and Kelly Freeman
Sean King, Anna Marie, Laura Cook, and Kelly Freeman
Monday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM
Sacramento Poetry Center
1719 25th Street
Host: Emmanuel Sigauke
Sean King is a husband, a father, a writer, a published author, a spoken word artist, a computer geek, a community activist, a dreamer, and someone who loves life. He has performed on stages and in different venues across the country. He has three books of poetry (Through My Eyes I, Through My Eyes II, and Hypnogysms). He is mentor to numerous youth in the Northern California area. He is an extraordinary poet with a gift of word manipulation, splicing, wielding and other things outlawed by the U.N.
Anna Marie Sprowl has been writing and performing poetry for years. Her work ranges from the political to the domestic – her pieces provide both warmth and fire for the reader. Anna Marie’s poetry flows with a smooth style and grace; she fills both pages and stages with her life experiences. Never shy to self-expression, she seeks to see understanding in the eyes of her audience. Anna Marie has performed at The Show and Underground Books, as well as the Crocker Art Museum, The Guild Theater, and Jazz and Poetry 2010 and 2012 with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. She is the winner of the 2012 Super Love Jones Poetry Slam.
Laura Cook (immoBme) is the eldest daughter to Cynthia Robinson of “Sly and the Family Stone,” born in Sacramento, raised in Oak Park and possesses a few forgotten origins of MmaMmaAfrica. Her poetic tag “immoBme as.I.B.we” canopies much in journey, as she’s further sharin’ shaklez in homage to the goodness of God. She is one of Sacramento’s darlings.
Kelly Freeman is a Los Angeles native who began writing poetry at the age of 12. Her father was a poet and encouraged her to write and bought her first journal. She started performing on stage here in Sacramento ten years ago. She has also performed in Los Angeles, and the bay area. Kelly has been a featured artist at the Luna’s, The Guild Theater, Mahogany poetry series, Brown Sugar series, and the touring erotica show “The sweet spot”. She was recently featured at the Shine cafe and Pepperbellys and looks forward to performing more in the future. She is currently writing a book, but has put printing on hold so that she can add some of the works of her father whom she recently lost. It has always been her dream to share his poetry with the world.
Information Provided Courtesy of the Sacramento Poetry Center Site: http://www.sacramentopoetrycenter.com/
Below is an interview I did last year with the Urban Poet.
Sean King is a long time fixture in the Sacramento poetry scene. When I first met Sean King it was when Jamaica House, I think it was Jamaica House, maybe it was Sweet Fingers at the time, anyway what ever it was called, it was in transition to becoming Queen Sheba so Mahogany temporarily moved operations to the Sol Collective on Del Paso, before it burned down and moved. At that time there was a round table workshop for poets an hour before the show. How it worked was one of the more seasoned poets would assign an assignment, everyone that did the assignment would read their poem at the next meeting. I still remember Sean King’s assignment a poem with 5 lines and 5 syllables on each line.
What is the role of poetry in our community?
The role of poetry in our community is to teach, to spread truth, to bridge the gaps between people of different backgrounds and beliefs, to give people a reason to believe, to tell the news, to pass on traditions, and most importantly to motivate.
Where did u get your start as a spoken word artist?
I got my start doing spoken word at the Straight Out Scribes Saturday afternoon poetry series at Carol’s Books. At the time I had been writing for about 4 years, but it was there that I found the venue and courage to share my work publicly.
How have writing and performing poetry changed your life?
More than anything, it’s given me the opportunity to meet a lot of talented artist who want to make the world better. It’s also helped me grow. For the longest time I was terrified to speak in public. By forcing myself to share my poetry, I’ve become a little less terrified at the thought of standing in front of people. That being said, I still haven’t become comfortable and I’ve been sharing for about 15 years.
Does poetry have power; if so what kind is it?
Yes. Poetry has the power to heal people, both the poet and the people who share similar experiences. It has the power to change minds or open up perspective. It has the power to make people smile and feel good. Poetry has power. It started with the word.
What inspires you?
I would say I’m inspired by everything I come in contact with. People, the news, work, my family, other poets. Man, I’m inspired by life.
What pisses you off?
I get pissed off by people trying to take advantage of me. By people who don’t care about the community, the art, the people. People who look at poetry as just another opportunity to make some money. People like that are like leeches to me.
Who is your favorite poet?
I love a ton of poets; both people living and poets from a different time, but my favorite is Kahlil Gibran; I love the fact that he’s able to mix the beauty of poetry with the power of truth. The fact that he mastered the art of being thought provoking and elegant.. and he wrote about a lot of different topics, ranging from spirituality, to love, to children, to marriage..
What is your favorite poem?
My favorite poem/prose is “A Poet’s Death is His Life” by Kahlil Gibran. In short, it captures the essence of how lonely the life of a poet can be, of how it might be 100s of years after a poet has passed away that the people really appreciate his work. I don’t know, it just spoke to me.
Being a veteran how do you conquer writers block?
I usually get past writers block by going and listening to or reading the work of other poets. Some other techniques I use is to read the news, or pick up a book to read. I also like to go back and read my old work which also inspires me because as you grow your viewpoints change. It forces you to sit down and write a new piece that’s connected to your old work, but from a different perspective.
Don’t tell anybody, but I also take trips down to the Rite-Aid or Food Source or some other store in the hood and people watch. There’s so much life being lived by people just getting by; some funny, some ignorant, and some very humbling. All of it sure to kick start your mind.
What advice would u give new poets?
My advice to new poets? Be patient; develop your writing, fall in love with your craft, as much as possible try to find a balance between the people pumping up your ego and your own humility. Write… Write… Write truthfully. Read and study poetry. Don’t worry about writing master pieces every time you write. I would also recommend don’t start performing until you feel ready. It’s easy to lose sight of who you are when you get caught up on sharing your work instead of writing your soul. Some people master the balance; other’s become stagnant as writers because that applause makes them think they’ve mastered their craft.
Be sure to check out the Urban Poet site at http://theurbanpoet.org/
A night dedicated to the healing power of storytelling:
12/15/2012 from 8 p.m. until 9:45 p.m. @ at Café Rande Vu
2430 Broadway Ave, Oakland, CA 94612 (between 24th St & 25th St)
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Please join us for “SOULFUL II: Telling OUR own Stories OUR own Way” on Saturday December 15, 2012 at Café Rande Vu in Oakland (2430 Broadway) at 8:00pm. Soulful is completely dedicated to the healing power of storytelling and on 12/15/12 we will be raising money to cover the medical expenses of Kim Glanville who on October 27th was shot 5 times in a tragic case of mistaken identity. Kim will be telling “Her own story her own way” on the 15th. In addition, we offer some of the hottest writers in Northern California. Check out the lineup.
Sean King is a husband, a father, a writer, a published author, a spoken word artist, a computer geek, a community activist, a dreamer, and someone who loves life. He’s been fortunate to meet countless numbers of diverse people from all over the world and all walks of life, he’s performed on stages and in different venues across the country, and self published three books of poetry (Through My Eyes I, Through My Eyes II, and Hypnogysms) while simultaneously studying Computer Engineering. He is the mentor to numerous youth in the Northern California area and pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., the greatest fraternity in the world.
Luisa Leija’s work arrives in the form of dances, prayers, and invocations of a universal spirit. Her words are smoke signals, calling us to recognize ourselves within the world we inhabit; a world that equally inhabits us. Drawing from the indigenous traditions of the Americas, native culture, and Mexican culture, Luisa unifies themes of community, family, history, and ceremony into a seamless journey through the mystery of human existence. A multi-genre writer, Luisa’s talents are as diverse and plentiful as her words. A search for transformation, for truth, for connection, is ever-present throughout Luisa’s work, an endeavor that is both timely and inspiring for our present world.
Sayre Quevedo lives in Oakland, California. He works as a reporter and producer for Youth Radio and has had worked featured on National Public Radio, Marketplace, National Geographic, Huffington Post and in the San Francisco Chronicle. He has been a featured poet at the Bitchez Brew and Lyrics and Dirges reading series’.
Vanessa Jezebel Delilah X
Feminist Afrocentric Black Queer Femme Lesbian Artist Writer Performer Curious Dreamer Fighter Champion Love-Warrior Activist Faerie Princess Mermaid Gangsta Revolutionary: Jezebel Delilah X, is a performance artist, writer, filmmaker, and teacher. She is co-host of East Bay Open Mic, Culture Fuck, a member of the story telling performance troupe, Griot Noir, and one of the founding members of Deviant Type Press. She uses a combination of performative memoir, theatrical poetry, and feminist storytelling to advance her politix of radical love, socioeconomic justice, anti-racism, and community empowerment.
Zarina Zabrisky moved to San Francisco from Moscow to escape the aftermath of a collapsing communist empire. Her work has appeared in Eleven Eleven Journal, Bluestem Magazine and other publications in the US, UK, Canada and Nepal. Her debut short story collection “Iron” explores the nature of oppression, revolt and survival.
Kim was born in the Bronx New York 1982; 2 years after her mother came from Kingston, Jamaica. She comes from a line of Strong women that are no nonsense, independent and hard working. Her passions and commitments to community transformation through social movement and accountability have been the driving force in her personal and professional development. Her healing mechanisms are purging with the power of the pen and dancing to Soulful House. She is currently a grad student at the USF School of Education Human Rights program. On October 27th she was murdered into excellence by surviving attempted murder without fear, and thus owned her freedom to live.
Hosted by Roger Porter
PS Suggested minimum donation of $4 to the Kim Glanville fund or suggested purchase of Iron by Zarina Zabrisky….no one will be turned away. See you on the 15th of December.
This event will be Simply Beautiful and oh so SOULFUL