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.

Doug Rice & Marc Anthony Richardson

Circle Saturday, October 1, 2016 on your calendar as two phenomenal novelists make their way to Scriptorium to read from their new novels! Be some of the first to hear their new work.

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

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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.

Doug will 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.

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Marc Anthony Richardson

Marc 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 will join Doug at Scriptorium and read from his new, debut novel Year of the Rat.

Save the Date! Saturday, October 1, 2016 will be an incredible evening with two exceptional authors.

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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

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!

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!

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.

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

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.

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