33 entries

Category: Poetry

My Dungeon Shook Writing Workshop

In true DIY style and recognizing the power of writing, this zine is incredibly thoughtful and reflective of the intimate space created with genuine curiosity and vulnerability. Check out the first zine from the My Dungeon Shook writing workshops at downtown San Jose's LGBTQ Youthspace.

Pop Up Editorial at Lips Uncurled, Eyes Forward

Lips Uncurled, Eyes Forward, was a first of its kind AAPI social art and cultural awareness exhibition dreamed up by Quynh-Mai Nguyen. The day long event held at the Mexican Heritage Plaza focused on creating safe spaces for the the Asian community to write their own narrative through art and performance against the narrative that media continues to write for them. Check out the conversation that sparked from this event across different generations.

De-Bug's Pop Up Editorial at Imagine SJ Poetry Gathering: Poetry Saves Us All

We were excited to take our new Pop Up Editorial – where we meet people where they are already gathered and start conversations about the important issues in their lives – to Imagine SJ’s event focusing on poetry in San José. We circled up for a candid conversation about poetry and how it helped poets not only see the world, but find community.

Casa Chikimalas: A San Jose Badass Women's Collective

Maryela Perez, Estrellita Muñoz, y Cristal Olivas are Las Chikimalas. With intentions of love and growth, Casa Chikimalas is a collective of ladies in San Jose that opened their home as a space for art and music. They work to create a space in which people can connect and collaborate while exposing their art and creating community.

The Fear That Young Women Learn Earlier Than You Think

Amazing writer and poet, Kymeira Stewart writes an important piece on what fear for young women looks like in everyday life.

Shifting From Prisons To Schools: Redemption In California

Raj Jayadev writes how passing Proposition 47 may mean the redemption of California.

Tongan Poet Loa Niumeitolu's: "When We Tell"

For the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Bay Area Tongan poet, Loa Niumeitolu tells BBC what the English language means to her in her poem, "When We Tell".

Words for Mom: A Letter and Poem from Probation Youth

Over the past month, De-Bug has been working with probation youth who have the hunger to write. Running editorials with these young men and women has been a humbling experience with challenging real-life topics surfacing. These editorials produce beautiful material where young people, who have experienced life in unexplanable ways, have voice. We are constantly reminded that young people, when given the opportunity, can share their experience in ways that we can all learn. The following two pieces are by two young women about the women who gave them life. These writings are part of a running workshop series. Feel free to comment, and workshop facilitators will share with the authors.

"There's Gold Out West" -- Spoken Word by Andrew "SoCiety" Bigelow

SoCiety is a San Jose artist and poet that speaks on some of the issues facing California, he delivered this piece as part of the Heal the Valley march -- from East San Jose to the steps of Google and Apple.

POEM: Walk a Mile in Our Shoes

Steeda McGruder, founder of Sisters That Been There, shares the walk of, and freedom from, incarceration from the tales of the shoes women on the inside wear.
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