The Music of Chris Jones

The Music of Chris Jones
Saturday, March 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Belle Cooledge Library

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.

The Love Experiment: Vol. 1., Chris’ debut album, is scheduled to release this year.

We look forward to Chris sharing an evening full of original music with us at our next Scriptorium – Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Belle Cooledge Library. This event is open to the community.

We hope to see you there in support of a full-time Sacramento artist!

Take a moment to learn more about The Music of Chris Jones.

Poet Andrew Duke Killmer

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Saturday, February 25, 2017, 6:00 p.m.
Robbie Waters Library

Our next Scriptorium is February 25!

Poet Andrew Duke Killmer will be our next guest at Scriptorium Saturday!

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 lives in South Sacramento with his wife and their dog, Pig.

We look forward to Andrew joining us at the next Scriptorium – and you as well!

Open mic to follow Andrew’s presentation.

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.

Jovonny “JDWorldWide” Devicente

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Born 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 will perform music and poetry at Scriptorium on Saturday, September 17, 2016, 6:30 p.m., at Robbie Waters Library. Come prepared to get some knowledge!

Open to the Community | Refreshments | Open Mic

Poet Elsa Valmidiano

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

Strategies in Education

Strategies in Education
Saturday, July 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Robbie Waters Library


Saturday, July 23rd, 6:00 p.m. marks the first Scriptorium/ L.O.V.E. Project Event. This event will offer parents learning and teaching strategies that can help their children in school. Several Educators will speak to this topic and the broader scope of Public Education. You don’t want to miss this important event and the Q & A session that will follow. Invite others as well.

Sign up for this session here.

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!

Silence Is Not Always Golden: Spoken Word Poet Joy Elan

Silence Is Not Always Golden
Spoken Word Poet Joy Elan
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 6 p.m., Belle Cooledge Library
Plus The L.O.V.E. Project • Open to the Community


 

We welcome Bay Area spoken word poet Joy Elan to Scriptorium Saturday on June 25, 2016!

ABOUT JOY ELAN

JOYEPHOTOJoy 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.

Join us Saturday, June 25 as Joy Elan comes to Sacramento to give her words, poetry and wisdom for us to hear. This event is open to the community.

Joy’s books will be available for purchase.

THE L.O.V.E PROJECT

At our show on June 25, we will also introduce The L.O.V.E. Project (Lifting Others through Voice and Education), an expansion of Scriptorium Saturday.

Sessions will provide a voice of love and practical understanding to help others on different topics. A table will be available with information on events.

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

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.