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

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

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.