Recap: Writing Enrichment for Children

Participants in our Writing Enrichment L.O.V.E. Project on Wednesday, August 9, 2017, embarked on writing projects – from creating unique stories on paper to composing the story of how earth works on a large poster. One of our participants even stepped outside of his comfort zone to share his “Earth” story with us at our open mic event that Saturday!

The common core writing standards require children to write in a variety of genres. Writing proficiency is a process that can take many years to develop. This workshop was designed to engage 7-12 year old children who struggle with or are simply disinterested in writing.

Eric Clark (Sacramento)

Name:

Eric Clark

Location:

Sacramento, CA

Description of Poetry:

Spoken Word/Performance, Personal/Biographical, Experimental, Reflective

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Unsure

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

No

Email Address:

ericr.90clark@gmail.com

Twitter:

@Evolve_talib

Facebook:

Eric Clark

Phone Number:

(916) 822-0778

More About the Poet:

I love my poetry and my work, and I take it very seriously. I also work very hard to grow my skills and hone my craft so I can be the best poet I can be. Poetry is art, so as an artist, whenever I’m reciting my poetry, I imagine I’m painting a picture, but with words. The opportunity to freely express my innermost self is what makes me so passionate about poetry. My ultimate goal is to one day get my work published.

New 2017 L.O.V.E. Project Session: We need to hear from our parents!

2017 L.O.V.E. Project Session!

We are getting ready for our summer L.O.V.E. Project (Lifting Others Through Voice and Education) sessions! As with last summer, this summer’s sessions will provide parents and children with critical learning tools, skills and information on topics like the common core standards.

The common core writing standards require children to write in a variety of genres. Writing proficiency is a process that can take many years to develop. Our upcoming session(s) will be designed to engage 7-12 year old children who struggle with or are simply disinterested in writing.

Children will start, if not publish, a short, fun writing piece they can take home and continue to work on over the summer. Writing materials will be provided during the session; however children can bring a laptop or tablet if they are familiar with creating simple word docs.

To assist with the planning of these sessions we ask that you submit this brief survey. If this session doesn’t impact you but you know parents who might be interested, please forward this survey to them!

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Sacramento Bee Article

Thank you to The Sacramento Bee for including me and Scriptorium Saturday in a recent article about poetry in Sacramento! Read the brief article here.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones is an up and coming American singer, songwriter, producer, and musician based out of Sacramento, CA.

With music residing in the midtempo range and delivering a thoughtful, honest, worldly, and smooth sound, his lyrics often deal with themes of love, drugs, and pain. He views his music as influenced by a variety of artists, including Frank Ocean, Carlos Santana, Prince, Marvin Gaye and D’Angelo.

Chris shared an evening full of original music on both his acoustic and electric guitar on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Scriptorium.

How do I post to the Sacramento Poets Directory?

Submit your details below for inclusion in our Sacramento Poets Directory.

Interviews, by Jovonny “JD Worldwide” Devicente

Interviews, by Jovonny “JD Worldwide” Devicente

We’ve started a new section on the website featuring interviews with our guest artists! Jovonny “JD Worldwide” Devicente occasionally conducts interviews with our featured artists after each show. We’ve got a couple of those interviews posted in our new Interviews section!

Andrew Duke Killmer

Andrew’s poems and stories have appeared in print and online in The Suisun Valley Review, Brev Spread, and The Black Rabbit Magazine.

In 2010, he received the Quinton Duval Award in Creative Writing, and in 2015 won the Dominic J. Bazzanella Literary Award (1st place, Graduate Poetry).

In addition to poetry, he writes fiction and non-fiction, mostly by longhand.

Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento, and intends to pursue a PhD in Creative Writing in 2018.

He is currently working on a project centered on what it means to be a 20/21st century American.

Andrew shared poems from his manuscripts with us on Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Sacramento Poets Directory

Welcome to the Sacramento Poets Directory! This growing directory features poets of all kinds who hail from the Capital City and close areas.

Though Sacramento may not necessarily be known as an “arts” town, it certainly boasts its share of poets. As part of Scriptorium’s effort to elevate the visibility of poetry – and poets – in our community, we have started this directory with the intent to:

1) Expose poets from Sacramento (and close areas)

2) Give poets from Sacramento (and close areas) a resource through which to meet and engage

3) Help poets from Sacramento (and close areas) gain some level of visibility for their work in our community and beyond

LIST IN DIRECTORY | SEARCH FOR POETS BELOW


Search for poets by location, specialities, travel availability & more.

Poet’s Location

Antelope

Elk Grove

Oakland

Sacramento


Kind of Poetry:

Cultural

Experimental

Historical

Personal / Biographical

Political

Reflective

Socially-Conscious

Spoken Word / Performance


Groups the poet specializes in working with:

Diverse communities

Elementary-aged youth

Rehabilitated individuals

Senior citizens

Special needs community

Teenage youth

Veterans

Women

Young adults


Travel Availability

Available to Travel

Unsure if Available to Travel

Not Available to Travel

Jovonny Devicente Interviews Authors Marc Anthony Richardson and Doug Rice

Jovonny Devicente Interviews Authors Marc Anthony Richardson and Doug Rice – October 1, 2016

Tim Kahl (Elk Grove)

Name:

Tim Kahl

Location:

Elk Grove, CA

Description of Poetry:

Spoken Word/Performance, Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Political, Experimental, Cultural, Historical, Reflective, Other

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Yes

Groups the poet specializes in working with:

Young adults, Senior citizens, Diverse communities

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

Yes

Email Address:

tnklbnny@comcast.net

Website:

timkahl.com

Phone Number:

(916) 714-5401

More About the Poet:

Tim Kahl is the author of Possessing Yourself (CW Books, 2009), The Century of Travel (CW Books, 2012) and The String of Islands (Dink, 2015). His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Drunken Boat, Mad Hatters’ Review, Indiana Review, Metazen, Ninth Letter, Sein und Werden, Notre Dame Review, The Really System, Konundrum Engine Literary Magazine, The Journal, The Volta, Parthenon West Review, Caliban and many other journals in the U.S. He appears as Victor Schnickelfritz at the poetry and poetics blog The Great American Pinup  and the poetry video blog Linebreak Studios. He is also editor of Bald Trickster Press and Clade Song. He is the vice president and events coordinator of The Sacramento Poetry Center. He also has a public installation in Sacramento {In Scarcity We Bare The Teeth} (http://www.sacmetroarts.org/documents/FullPoems.pdf).  He currently teaches at California State University, Sacramento and houses his father’s literary estate—one volume: Robert Gerstmann’s book of photos of Chile, 1932.

Tamer Said Mostafa (Sacramento)

Name:

Tamer Said Mostafa

Location:

Sacramento, CA

Description of Poetry:

Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Political, Cultural, Reflective

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Yes

Groups the poets specializes in working with:

Special needs community, Rehabilitated individuals, Diverse communities

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

Yes

Email Address:

tamersaidmostafa@gmail.com

Phone Number:

(209) 390-2929

Matthew Williams (Sacramento)

Name:

Matthew Williams

Location:

Sacramento, CA

Description of Poetry:

Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Political, Historical, Reflective, Other

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Yes

Groups the poet specializes in working with:

Elementary-aged youth, Teenage youth, Young adults, Special needs community, Senior citizens, Women, Veterans, Rehabilitated individuals, Diverse communities

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

Yes

Email Address:

emmdubb88@gmail.com

Jovonny Devicente (Sacramento)

 

Name:

Jovonny Devicente

Location:

Sacramento

Description of Poetry:

Spoken Word/Performance, Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Political

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Yes

Groups the poet specializes in working with:

Young adults

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

No

Email Address:

jovonnyd@yahoo.com

Ian Kappos (Sacramento)

Name:

Ian Kappos

Location:

Sacramento

Description of Poetry:

Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Experimental, Reflective

Is the poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Not Sure

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

Yes

Email Address:

Ian.kappos@gmail.com

Website:

iankappos.net

Twitter:

@Kappos_Ian

Elsa Valmidiano (Oakland)

Name:

Elsa Valmidiano

Location:

Oakland, CA

Description of Poetry:

Spoken Word/Performance, Socially-Conscious, Personal/Biographical, Political, Experimental, Cultural, Historical, Reflective

Is this poet available to travel beyond stated location?

Yes

Groups the poet specializes in working with:

Women, Diverse communities

Has the poet’s poetry been published (including self-publication)?

Yes

Email Address:

evalmidi@yahoo.com

Twitter:

@Evalmidiano

More About the Poet:

Elsa Valmidiano, a Philippine-born and LA-raised writer and poet, currently resides in Oakland with her husband. As the daughter of immigrants, writing oftentimes is a vehicle for her to find a way home to her Motherland. Her works have appeared in literary journals such as TAYO, make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as chapbooks and anthologies such as Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, and Circe’s Lament. She continues to perform readings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Elsa holds a JD from Syracuse Law and an MFA from Mills College.

Terry A. O’Neal

Sacramento author, poet, screenwriter and educator Terry A. O’Neal was our first guest of 2017.

Terry is a bestselling author, whose poetry has been published in numerous magazines, journals and newspapers. Her previous publications include three volumes of poetry, Motion Sickness, The Poet Speaks in Black and Good Mornin’ Glory; two children’s books, Ev’ry Little Soul and My Jazz Shoes; and the award winning family fiction novel Sweet Lavender.

Terry has been named among the most popular African American female writers of our time, featured in a book entitled Literary Divas: The Top 100+ Most Admired African American Women in Literature – a list of women who’ve left a mark on the wider world through their writing.

We were thrilled to have Terry join Scriptorium on January 28, 2017 as she read her work and shared with us that evening.

New: Sacramento Poets Directory

Sacramento Poets Directory

DSC_0344 copyI’ve started a  brand new directory for poets from Sacramento (and close areas) to list themselves in!

Though Sacramento may not necessarily be known as an “arts” town, it certainly boasts its share of poets. As part of Scriptorium’s effort to elevate the visibility of poetry – and poets – in our community, I have started this directory with the intent to:

1) Expose poets from Sacramento (and close areas)

2) Give poets from Sacramento (and close areas) a resource through which to meet and engage

3) Help poets from Sacramento (and close areas) gain some level of visibility for their work in our community and beyond

Check out our directory and get yourself listed! 

Jacque LaRue

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What a glorious gathering we had October 29, 2016 as former R & B musician Jacque LaRue (of the singing group LaRue) joined Scriptorium! The evening was full of joy, gratitude, thanksgiving, beautiful music, and community. Jacque briefly overviewed her powerful story of coming to faith in Jesus Christ while in the entertainment industry.
One theme of this show was the influence of words. Jacque provided some great insight into the purpose of music and how it can positively or negatively impact individuals. She explained how the devil was involved with music before his fall, and his ministry in music continues today.

It is wise for people to be mindful of what place they put themselves in emotionally and psychologically when choosing to listen to music. Being aware of music’s influences can help provide direction in understanding how music may unconsciously direct one’s thought life, as thought precedes action. Music ministers, or serves people, in some capacity!

Doug Rice

dougSacramento State professor Doug Rice is a novelist, photographer, theorist, and scholar. He teaches film theory and history.

Doug is the author of numerous books including Blood of Mugwump (selected by late novelist Kathy Acker as runner-up Fiction Collective 2 First Novel Award, 1996), Skin Prayer (Eraserhead Press, 2002), An Erotics of Seeing (Black Scat Books 2015), and the recently published Here Lies Memory (Black Scat Books, 2016).

Doug’s fiction, memoirs and creative nonfiction have appeared in a number of anthologies and journals such as Avant Pop: Fiction for a Daydream Nation, Kiss the Sky, The Dirty Fabulous Anthology, Alice Redux, Phanthoms of Desire, and others.

He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Scholar Award from Sacramento State University, and recipient of the 2007 University President’s Award for Scholarship from Sacramento State University.

His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, which recognizes the country’s top fiction, poetry, and essays published in small presses the previous year.

Doug holds a B.A. degree from Slippery Rock State College (Pennsylvania), a M.A. degree from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh), and studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught creative writing and film studies at Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Kent State University and other universities.

On October 1, 2016, Doug read from his newest book, Here Lies Memory, which explores the place of memory in the daily practice of living, examines what language and photographs do to memory, desire and love, and investigates what gentrification is doing to the personal lives of those people disappearing from the streets and homes in the Hill District and the North Side of Pittsburgh.

Marc Anthony Richardson

marcdsc_0509Marc Anthony Richardson is a novelist and artist from Philadelphia.
Year of the Rat, his debut novel, was winner of the Ronald Sukenick innovative fiction prize. A ten-year endeavour, Year of the Rat focuses on themes of critical social issues concerning minorities and the poor, dysfunctional families, sickness and mental disorders, the elderly and the disabled, substance abuse, and over-medicating.
Marc joined novelist Doug Rice at Scriptorium to read from his debut novel Year of the Rat on October 1, 2016.

Jovonny “JDWorldwide” Devicente

img_4232-copyBorn and raised in Los Angeles, Jovonny “JDWorldWide” Devicente is a poet, hip-hop artist and activist.

Over the years he has performed all over the Los Angeles area, including the famous performing arts theatre, Da Poetry Lounge, Los Angeles City Hall, and the internet radio program Speak and B Heard.

He wrote, directed, and starred in the documentary Police State (currently in post production). In the documentary he speaks with various people throughout Los Angeles about their social views, and interviews the creator of the Zeitgeist Film Series, Peter Joseph.

Now that Jovonny’s relocated to Sacramento, you can find him performing his music and poetry at various local venues including Old Ironsides, Queen Sheeba and Scriptorium Saturday.

His efforts as a conscious artist and thinker have not gone unnoticed, especially in the hip-hop community. His Twitter account @jdworldwide has landed follows from Public Enemy’s Professor Griff and Digital Underground.

Jovonny’s work focuses on conspiracy, philosophy, spirituality and global social issues.

He performed music and poetry at Scriptorium on Saturday, September 17, 2016.

Elsa Valmidiano

DSC_0498 copyPhilippine-born and LA-raised Elsa Valmidiano is a writer, poet, feminist, literary activist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter.

Elsa began writing as early as she started reading. Though life took some turns as she studied law and became an activist for women’s rights in the U.S. and her Motherland, the Philippines, she never stopped writing and incorporates much of her activism into her writing, preferring to term herself “literary activist.”

Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and Circe’s Lament. She was shortlisted for the Ivy Terasaka Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the Rita Dove Award for Poetry.

She will serve as Fiction Editor for As/Us and seeks those whose stories need to be told, especially in an industry that oftentimes marginalizes and tries to silence stories of “otherness.”

Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego, a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. She has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area.

Elsa currently resides in Oakland with her husband.

She was our special guest at Scriptorium on August 6, 2016.

Recap: Strategies for Overcoming Life Adversities

IMG_8879 copyOn Saturday, July 30, 2016, our second  L.O.V.E Project, Strategies for Overcoming Life Adversities, featured some practical advice on living well. The session highlighted ways all people can benefit from posturing themselves with basic attitudes, strategies, and principles in life, with focuses on:

  • Humility
  • Diligence
  • Support Systems
  • Gratitude
  • Forgiveness

Thank you to John and Leah for their love and wisdom in leading this session!

Inaugural L.O.V.E. Project: Strategies in Education

Our inaugural L.O.V.E. Project session kicked off on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Robbie Waters Library and was a tremendous event! I wish more people could’ve heard these remarkable educators – with more than 90 combined years experience in education – share their insight into how we can serve our students as parents, teachers, and communities. If you are a parent, this event was for you as we head back into the school year.

Critical thinking is an essential component of Common Core. How often are you encouraging your children to critically think?

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Lisa Silvera is a 36 year veteran teacher.

“To start critical thinking at home, start off with a ‘What if?’ when you’re home with your children, cooking in the kitchen, having dinner together or whatever family things you do together. Always try to pose questions to them that start off with a ‘What if?’ because they’ve got some really good ideas. They’re thinking, and you can kind of help push that out.

In tomorrow’s world when they’re at their job and working on a team, they have to be able to speak well, have very good vocabulary, and have to demonstrate what they mean. They have to get that picture that’s in their head out there in front of everybody.” – Lisa Silvera

Turn failure into success. Are you aware of what your child/children’s strengths are?

“Don’t take failure as failure. Failure is success because now you know what not to do. I tell my students you can’t fail. You cannot fail.”

“See where your child is strong.”

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Deborah Williams taught for 16 years.

“Let’s focus on [students’ strengths] and try to build them up with the strengths God gave them. If we start comparing our children with somebody else, they’re going to feel like a failure because God didn’t make them like that. He made them this, and it’s a perfect you.” – Deborah Williams

Think It. Say It. Write It. Read It.: Finding Pathways to Achievement

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Hollis Hepper has been a speech pathologist for 14 years.

“As far as strategies and learning to find their voice, you learn about what type of learner [students] are. Maybe they don’t read, but they can act really well, so that’s going to be a strength of theirs. So then you have them write a little play, even if you’re dictating it for them. The words they’re going to use they’re going to be able to read. That whole Anita Archer thing – if you can think it, you can say it, if you can say it, you can write it, if you write it you can read it. It’s that can-do attitude.” – Hollis Hepper

Parents want to know they are important. And that their children are, too.

“Your children buy into their teachers, which is one of the most important ingredients to pushing that child to achieve. Even with the parents, they have to feel they can trust the teachers. You’re building trust through your interaction. Just the little things that you do matter in the eyes of a parent who has nowhere else to go.

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Andrea Francis is a 25-year educator.

Teachers who know how to build solid relationships with their students can get almost anything they want out of those kids. And parents support that kind of learning, they support that kind of education.

What they don’t want is to feel devalued. And they don’t want their children to feel devalued. But when you feel like you’re a contributor in a classroom, a valued contributor, you feel like this is where you belong. This is a place I can learn and be successful.” – Andrea Francis

 

Next Show: Poet Elsa Valmidiano, August 6, 2016!

Poet Elsa Valmidiano
Saturday, August 6, 6:00 P.M. Sharp
Robbie Waters Library

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Enjoy poems and short poetic prose pieces from Elsa’s chapbook-in-progress, which centers on the women who shaped and continue to shape her identity and her perspective.

About Our Featured Poet:
Philippine-born and LA-raised Elsa Valmidiano is a writer, poet, feminist, literary activist, globe trekker, and women’s freedom fighter.

Elsa began writing as early as she started reading. Though life took some turns as she studied law and became an activist for women’s rights in the U.S. and her Motherland, the Philippines, she never stopped writing and incorporates much of her activism into her writing, preferring to term herself “literary activist.”

Her works have appeared in local literary journals such as Maganda Magazine, Tayo, Make/shift, Burner, As/Us, Literature for Life, and others, as well as the anthologies Field of Mirrors, Walang Hiya, Same Difference, and Circe’s Lament. She was shortlisted for the Ivy Terasaka Award for the Short Story and a finalist for the Rita Dove Award for Poetry.

She will serve as Fiction Editor for As/Us and seeks those whose stories need to be told, especially in an industry that oftentimes marginalizes and tries to silence stories of “otherness.”

Elsa holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego, a Juris Doctor degree from Syracuse University, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College. She has performed numerous readings throughout the Bay Area.

Elsa currently resides in Oakland with her husband.

You can find her on Twitter @Evalmidiano.

Open to the Community * Refreshments * Open Mic

Joy Elan

IMG_3694Joy is an award winning spoken word artist hailing from Oakland and Berkeley. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from UC Berkeley and her Master of Arts degree in Education from Stanford University.

She has authored five books, and in June 2014 won third place in Oakland’s Got Talent for her spoken word piece, I’m A Survivor. In 2015, Joy was awarded Poetry Video of the Year by the National Poetry Awards for her video performance of I’m A Survivor.

Joy writes about local and national social issues, especially within the Black and disability communities.

She joined us Saturday, June 25, 2016 to give her words, poetry and wisdom!

Video: John & Lean Savage

Husband and wife authors John & Leah Savage joined Scriptorium on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to share their books, Eagles in the Midst and Married to Love. They spoke about their personal testimonies of overcoming hardships and learning to live victorious lives, and offered words of wisdom on how you can do the same!

Christy Wade

DSC_0833When Christy Wade shared her poetry at the debut Scriptorium Saturday Poetry Show on Saturday, April 5, 2014, it had been five years since she’d performed any of her work on stage. But that night she returned to the mic. It was an honor to have her use the first Scriptorium Saturday event as her opportunity to re-present her work to the public.

Having written poetry since the age of fourteen, she is a well-versed poet, and is a seasoned open mic artist. From her pen comes poetry about life, love, history and social change, as well as themes geared towards encouragement and empowerment.

Hulon “The Survivor” Thompson

DSC_0448Hulon “The Survivor” Thompson is a poet, artist, musician and survivor. He was our featured guest at Scriptorium Saturday on September 19, 2015, and gave a courageous presentation on his life growing up in Compton, triumphing over a cancer diagnosis, his poetry that reflects personal growth into his self-made identity, and conscious art pieces. It was an evening of testimony, creative thought, and encouragement.

Terrence “Chaziel” Thomas

DSC_1026“I started writing raps and poetry at the age of fifteen because it was what my friends were doing at the time,” says San Francisco-born rapper and poet Terrence Thomas, “but suddenly I began to develop a sincere passion for my ability to express myself through my music and my poems. Rapping and writing poetry became my source of release and a way to get whatever was in my heart out,” he says.

This love of the craft of writing and rhyming is not only a hobby or passion for Terrence, artist name Chaziel, but is a direct reflection of how he has been revolutionized by the love of God. It was during time in prison that Terrence came into contact with the power of God in a way that transformed him spiritually and artistically.

Although he had known about the Lord all his life, it was at the age of 23 he came to accept the power of God’s grace and mercy on him in a way he had not quite done so before. Because of hardship and, more importantly, victory, he has a clear vision for the purpose of his music: to testify about the grace of God in his life and provide “common ground” to whoever is willing to give an ear to his testimony.

He describes his work as different – but different with a cause. We were glad to have Chaziel at our Poets of Faith show on June 21, 2014 to share the meaning and power of that cause with us.

Ms. Barbara Sterrett

DSC_0044fixed*”In October of 1968, an eighteen-year-old girl was on her way to work in Watts, California, when she was struck by a Southern Pacific train as she crossed an intersection. After the train dragged her body thirty feet, amputated her right leg, and severed her left thumb, the teenager called out for Jesus and promised that, if allowed to live, she would be a witness for Him.” (*from the synopsis of “Follow Your Vision and Never Give Up!: I’m Determined to Be Someone Someday” by Barbara Sterrett)

Ms. Barbara Sterrett was our special guest at our show on August 2, 2014. She shared from her memoir, “Follow Your Vision and Never Give Up!: I’m Determined to Be Someone Someday,” and talked about a devastating train accident from over forty years ago that left her physically impaired.

When asked during the show what had pulled her through the series of obstacles she’s faced in her life, Ms. Sterrett said she had no other way to explain her endurance except faith and belief in the power of God for her life.

John & Leah Savage

johnandleah1Husband and wife authors John and Leah Savage joined us on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to share from their motivational books, Eagles in the Midst: Overcoming the Wilderness and Married to Love. Centered on love, healing, restoration, self-identity and testimony.

Eagles in the Midst, authored by John Savage, is born of God to encourage your heart and bring clarity to the path of life you now walk. No matter what your current circumstances are, God wants to give you fresh hope and meet you right where you’re at – this very moment. In the midst of John’s personal pain and struggles in life, God has continued to meet and exceed his every need.

Married to Love, authored by Leah Savage, is Leah’s personal testimony of being married to Christ, who is Love. It is her story of intimacy with Him, and His work of transformation and illumination in and through her.

Robert Prather

IMG_1912At our July 25, 2015 event, Robert Prather shared a presentation on his art and cartoons, along with a special presentation on his first comic book, “Grand Soulful Gent.” He spoke about his journey to becoming an artist, his influences, the significance of music and MC Hammer to his work, and much more about the artist’s life.

You can view his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/southernoutlined

Shaun Parker

DSC_0811Shaun Parker is a hip-hop artist, lyricist and poet born in San Jose but raised in Sac-Town, a graduate of Pleasant Grove High School, and soon-to-be-graduate of our own California State University, Sacramento. At the ripe age of nine, he began putting his pen to the pad in the form of poetry, which has ultimately developed into a passion for music. Having been inspired by his Aunt Jacque who was in an R & B group in the 80s, and hip-hop icons such as N.W.A., Rakim, Public Enemy, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, music has become that creative place Shaun has made his home as an artist.

He sees his work as lyrical, in-depth, purposeful, progressive, and with a retrospect on life. At our debut show on Saturday, April 5, 2015, he gave us a spoken word interpretation of his musical lyrics.

Music Page: http://www.hulkshare.com/shaunp_rapper

Francesca Newman

DSC_0315Francesca Elizabeth is an emerging jazz artist based out of Sacramento, California. Her passionate and soulful style of music is influenced by such female artists as Billie Holiday and India Arie. She desires to share a message of hope with her listeners. She has a passion for music that began as a young child singing in her local church choir. Her message is delivered by means of acoustic guitar, which she has played for the past 7 years.

She performed a beautiful medley of song and reflection at our show on April 11, 2015.

Jen Palmares Meadows

IMG_3272Jen Palmares Meadows is a Pinay American writer living in the Sacramento, California area. Her work has appeared in such publications as Brevity, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, Memoir Journal, Kartika Review, Essay Daily, Tayo, Live Science, and other places. Jen earned her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and her MA in Creative Writing from California State University, Sacramento.

The daughter of Philippine immigrants, Jen grew up in a southern California suburb on a street where all the houses were peach in a home with a big brown van parked out front. She writes about motherhood, family, duality, faith, and sexuality. In her essays, she strives to create ‘beneficent nonfiction,’ that is, truthful writing with a positive purpose and a use.

Jen joined us on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to share some of her new work with us.

Dan Ligaya

IMG_3023Born and raised in South Sacramento, artist Dan Ligaya was raised by Filipino-immigrant parents who migrated to Sacramento in the 1980s. After being inspired by the artistic abilities of people in his family, Ligaya began composing abstract art during his sophomore year of high school. Eventually he transitioned into landscape and impressionistic art, before delving into political work and developing an interest in portraits. Today, Ligaya sees his artistic portfolio as an integration of photography, videography, and investigative journalism. Ligaya shared his original paintings, his photography from his trip to Kenya, and a short documentary of his trip to Africa at our show on Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Mrs. Ida Francis

DSC_0038Family. Family serves as the inspiration for why Mrs. Ida Francis began writing poetry in her twenties. It all began at family gatherings, where Mrs. Francis took on the task of writing poems on members of the family. She says poetry is a matter of telling stories, and that the communication of poetry, itself, can tell people what poetry can do – and so perhaps inspire people to begin their own journeys of writing.

Though having been in Sacramento, now, for quite some time, Mrs. Francis is a Southerner through and through. She was born in Madison County, Mississippi and attended colleges in Little Rock, Arkansas, before making her way to Sacramento, California in 1953 to live with her Aunt and Uncle, who attended a fellowship called Kyle’s Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. After her arrival, Mrs. Francis joined her Aunt and Uncle in attending, too, and the rest is …present. She has become, what she calls, a “fixture” at Kyle’s Temple, graciously serving as secretary for well over half a century.

In Mrs. Francis’ life of service, the pen plays an important role – both professionally as a secretary and personally as a poet. She is a prolific writer of words of love, laughter, and inspiration in the midst of those she loves towards those she loves – including the ones she performed to at the Scriptorium Saturday show on May 17, 2014.

Alvin “ART III” Jefferson

DSC_0137Alvin Jefferson III, ART III, is a young man with a heart for knowing and growing in God, and is a growing artist as well. He’s learning and coming into form as a musician and artist, and has a desire to continue building on his work and vision as he grows as an artist in the Lord. He performed at our Poets of Faith II event in 2014.

Noah “Supanova” Hayes

DSC_1041A supernova is the explosion of a star, and if there’s an artist who’s pen name warrants such a vivid image as metaphor, it’s probably emcee and spoken word artist Noah “Supanova” Hayes.

For the past decade, Noah has spread his message of love and hope across this globe, from the famous Nuyorican Poetry Cafe in New York City, to Cafe Nuba in Denver, Colorado, to Da Poetry Lounge in Hollywood, California, all the way to international venues in Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England.

On stage, he has performed with legends in hip-hop and jazz such as KRS-One, Raheim of the group Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5, bassist Milt Hinton and composer and clarinetist Artie Shaw.

When Supanova isn’t bringing dynamic words of hope through the mic or on stage, you can find him spending time in outreach to the Boys and Girls Club, or working on his blog, where his poetry reaches audiences as far as Tokyo, Japan.

It was an honor to have Supanova share some words with us at the Poets of Faith show on June 21, 2014.

Blog: http://poetic-supanova.blogspot.com

Joseph Galinato (with special guest Christine Galinato)

IMG_0537On August 23, 2014, Joseph offered a special presentation combining different expressions: artwork, poetry, and kung fu. Joseph was an open mic performer at our very first show in April 2014, and was gracious enough to come back out for a memorable show. He presented a kind of layering of language for us – intricate and detailed art and thoughtful and introspective poetry – all deepened by the accompaniment of kung fu presentations by Christine Galinato.

Cheri Douglas

IMG_2507Cheri Douglas is a writer, a teacher, and leader of a large online ministry via Twitter under her handle @cheridouglas, and via her website, TweetingGodsLove.com, which she started in 2009. The purpose of TweetingGodsLove.com, and her whole online ministry, is to “lift her spirits and the spirits of millions of Americans losing jobs and businesses in the recession that has ravaged the American economy.”

Her work is a labor of love, dedicated to lifting people up, giving them hope and the empowering message of Jesus Christ. In addition to her wealth of work as an evangelist and instructor, she’s in the process of completing a book called called, fittingly enough, Tweeting God’s Love. We have been glad to have Cheri with us at various Scriptorium events.

Twitter: @cheridouglas

Website: TweetingGodsLove.com

Ty Alovera

DSC_0145It was the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes that inspirited Ty Alovera to begin her journey as a writer in the seventh grade. Though, for nearly three decades after that time, she used music as her expression of choice as a traveling musician, she would find herself turning back to poetry as a way to recovery after her own personal tragedy. In poetry, she has discovered the groundwork of her restoration and rehabilitation, has found the written word to be her essential place of creation and performance. Born in Florida, raised in Oregon, instrumentalizing and vocalizing from Alaska to Arizona, and now poeticizing in Sacramento, California, she is a well-traveled person and artist. She is mother & grandmother, lover of children & of animals, harpist, guitarist, vocalist…. & poet.

Antwan “Mr. Shepherd” Alameen

DSC_0111Antwan Alameen doesn’t really feel like he fits in. One of his biggest challenges in life has simply been receiving acceptance, as he has always embraced his individuality. Like many young folks, he spent his teenage years trying to find his identity, but ended up just feeling frustrated at not being able to conform in the ways people wanted him to. The very ones he hoped would help him find his place and purpose in life were the ones who ended up letting him down. One day, he met a missionary who introduced him to the Word of God, and he began to study the life of Jesus.

“From that time,” says Antwan, “I learned about Christ and [His] love and grace towards mankind. I learned that God’s ways were absolutely the best ways for humanity.” This growth in understanding of Jesus and His work compelled him to share the Good News with others, although inside, he still struggled with figuring out who he wanted to be.

But in 2014 Antwan decided that going through the turmoil of trying to gain approval from others was a burden he was no longer going to bear, and began focusing on living a life pleasing to God. He believes that one way God is now using him is through music. His newfound passion is connecting with people through the art of music – and not alienating them, as he once was by other people. It was an honor to have Antwan share with us at our Poets of Faith II show in 2014, which was only his second public performance.