SOS Scribes Update
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Thank yous were in order as we completed the third Crocker Block by Block block party hosting the poetry stage. This final one was in Oak Park in July 2016 and it was great fun. Here's my gushing after the event:
Thanks to everyone who came out to support the poets at the Crocker Block by Block block party in Oak Park on Saturday. It was an amazing day. Thank you again NSAA the Black Root for starting us off on the right track. Thanks to all of the other features, Sheba Haven Richard Jackson Anna Marie Art Thomas JoAnn Anglin Joey Garcia Angela Mayes and Allahiya Shabazz. Ya'll rocked the block and I love that you had my back, held me up and represented for the art of poetry with the Crocker! Thanks also to Akosua Boateng... she blew it up! So glad to have met you. Genelle also fed us some of her great words. Thank you to Stacey Shelnut-Hendrick for giving me the reigns and the means to invite and host all of you, to Dea Montelongo and Daphne Burgess, and the rest of the staff for all of your hard work in pulling off such a jam packed vortex of talent at the three block parties... whew weee! And to those who wanted to be there but were unable to for various reasons, we wish you well Frank Dixon Graham Steven Clark Terrance Taylor. Special thanks goes to Staajabu Staajabu my momma and partner in poetry and beyond for all you do to assist and support my efforts, hold up the Scribes family and extended family, your many many contributions to the community at home and at large, and to all those who shared on the open mic, a great big THANK YOU. I know some of you don't poet often and for some it was their first time on the mic. Ya'll missed Temperance Bonner's haiku in Japanese and then translated into English. It was beautiful! The participation of E-legal TagTeam with (Coon The Poet and TroubleSin) was epic! And having Milton Bowens in the proverbial house is always a treat. Thanks for that most excellent poem you shared to close out our "stage". Peace family!
In June 2016, SOS participated in the Black Book Fair held in Oak Park, coordinated and hosted the Crocker Block by Block block party poetry stage in Elk Grove with Akronems, Vincent Kobelt, Roshumba, Aaron Dearborn aka Artyfacts, Michael Ellis, Jaqueline Howard, Sho Nuff and Imhotep Morales El (Benoficial).
In May 2016, SOS coordinated and hosted the poetry stage at the Crocker Art Museum's Block by Block block party in Del Paso with extraordinary features including Malik Saunders, Tina Cates, Phe Bac, Ayla, Russel Cummings, Judah Dwight Sanders, and TIsho Ward who tagged team the Scribes along with her daughter toddler daughter Saje. The audience shared their joy and amazement enthusiastically. Additionally, the Scribes held their FINAL Senior Reader Speaks program and featured Gerry GOS Simpson at the GOS Gallery and studio. The Scribes also participated in the Writings on the Wall exhibit and opening at the Sacramento Poetry Center.
In April 2016 SOS participated in the Sacramento local author's festival at the Central Library where we ran into fellow poet and author Fred Foote. We hosted the legendary poet Dr. Tchaka Muhammad at Senior Readers Speak. And we did a workshiop and performance for Aspire students at the invitation of the Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Arden Arcade.
In March we featured at Enter the Orchid and 2e hosted Christiana Quick-Cleveland at Senior Reader's Speak. She gave us singing lessons... It was beautiful and inspirational.
SOS participated in Writings on the Wall at Luna's Cafe, hosted B.J. who discussed the Black Panther Legacy at Senior Readers Speak at the GOS Gallery and opened for Nubia Sutton on the ancient divine feminine secrets program at the Sojourner Truth Gallery.
The Observer featured Staajabu and Straight Out Scribes in the Nov./Dec. 2015 issue.
SOS featured David Covin to close out 2015. Dr. Covin delighted the Sacramento audience at the GOS gallery by reading excerpts from work published through Blue Nile press.
Senior readers also featured Heera Kulkarni in Jan. 2016... whoa! what a treat.
Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu make up Straight Out Scribes, the premier dynamic mother/daughter poetry duo.