Tag Archives: poetry

GuerrillaReads No. 89: Peter J. Harris

Peter J. Harris is an African American cultural worker who has published poetry, essays, and fiction in a wide range of national publications since the 1970s. He has worked as a publisher, journalist, editor and broadcaster. He’s also been an educator, and workshop leader for adults and adolescents.

Harris’s work often explores the lives of Black men, and this guerrilla reading is no exception. GR caught up with him at the Blk Grrrl Book Fair in South Central LA, where he read from his latest book, The Black Man of Happiness.

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GuerrillaReads No. 87: Jeremiah Walton

Guerrilla reader Jeremiah Walton graduated from high school in spring 2013, and hit the road hitchhiking the following fall. He is founder of the small press Nostrovia! Poetry.

He’s currently traveling cross country with Sam Lennon and Captain Thornton running a traveling bookstore, Books & Shovels.

Read more at Walton’s website: Gatsby’s Abandoned Children.

GuerrillaReads No. 84: Most Open Mic in the City

Why just have an open mic when you can have a guerrilla open mic? Andru Defeye is making waves in Sacramento, CA, with The Most Open Mic in the City. Flash mob meets poetry, and discover they were meant for each other.

What’s a guerrilla open mic? Watch the video and see for yourself.

Maybe next time Jerry B. will stop by and spill a few lines.

GuerrillaReads No. 81: Just Kibbe

Just Kibbe is a poet and founding member of the Pirate Pig Collective. Wearing a top hat and vest, he drove his white sedan onto the lawn at LitFest Pasadena. He left with a car covered in poems.

He also left us with a few poems of his own:

The pirate pig looks out into the world with his one good eye
And is misquoted making commentary in the dirt

 

GuerrillaReads no. 80: Melinda Palacio

Poet Melinda Palacio reads two “how to” poems from her collection, How Fire is a Story, Waiting. First, the title poem:

My grandmother caught the flame in her thick hands.
Curled fingers made nimble by kaleidoscope embers.
Fire burns hot and cold if you know where to touch it, she said.

Then she shares with you the must-have secrets of How to Make a Mediocre Poem Sing.

GuerrillaReads No. 78: Laurel Ann Bogen

 

Poet Laurel Ann Bogen does a guerrilla reading of two poems from her book, Washing a Language, at LitFest PasadenaVocation of the Chair and Winchester Mystery House. Yes, it’s about that world-famous mystery house. And much more:

and so built sliding floors, gilt-edged parlors
and staircases at the top of which a door
slammed against heaven.
Yet, isn’t that what we all want –
to stave off death with architecture
of our own design?

Stay tuned for more videos from the LitFest.

Paint Poems on My Car: LitFest Pasadena 2013

Poet Just Kibbe of the Pirate Pig Collective drove a white sedan to the second annual LitFest Pasadena. He handed out big, fat markers and invited people to write poems on it. After some hesitation – What should I write? What kind of poem is right for a car? Do you have any white-out? – people began to write. Their own poems. Poems by Famous Poets.

I wrote a portion of a poem by Pablo Neruda:

I was walking
down
a sizzling road:
the sun popped like
a field of blazing maize

Kibbe drove away that afternoon with a car covered in poetry.

More GuerrillaReads videos to follow from LitFest Pasadena. Stay tuned.