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During the last two weeks of my two-year stay in Austin I got to work with these two amazing filmmakers, Illyana Lydia Elizabeth and Breanna Granzow.

They followed me during my last days in Austin and put together a short film for my poem, Troubadour. This is my love letter to the city that broke me and brought me back up onto my feet.

Learn more about Illyana and Breanna

5 Questions with Jamie DeWolf

Originally posted on The Berkeley Slam!:


by Jason Bayani


Jamie was one of the first guys I met in slam. We also lived together for a few years. People always ask me questions about it when they find out like it must have been all insane and crazy but I’m pretty sure when it came to living habits, I was probably more strange.

He’s one of the first people I’ve ever met who managed to make the art happen at the same time in several different spaces. I’ve always had a deep appreciation for what he creates on paper or film. Sometimes I think some of his most intriguing art  is what happens the moment he hits the stage. It’s not just the pushing or discomfort he can make you feel at times, but the kind of pull you feel into accepting your base urges. It’s a kind of transformation not a lot of poets feel comfortable…

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A Symphony of Verse

A Symphony of Verse

Hey folks, I will be part of this reading on April 5th which was put together by the good folks at Hyphen Magazine. It is in Oakland at the OACC. You can purchase tickets off of Eventbrite which has more details.

Please join OACC and Hyphen Magazine in celebrating API poets and National Poetry Month with A Symphony of Verse on Saturday, 4/5, between 5-8pm.

Our lineup includes:

Karen Llagas
Barbara Jane Reyes
Joel Barraquiel Tan
Shailja Patel
Pireeni Sundaralingam
Jason Bayani
Sean Labrador Y Manzao

With help from our friends at Asian American Curriculum Project, Inc.!

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5 Questions With Jade Sylvan

Originally posted on The Berkeley Slam!:


by Jason Bayani


We are back with 5 Questions after a brief hiatus (mostly because we went two weeks without a feature). Our slam team selection process begins this week as the first round of semifinals kicks off. Our feature is Write Bloody author, Jade Sylvan. Jade recently released, Kissing Oscar Wilde, an autobiographical novel that travels the familiar territory of the Bohemian artist in Paris, while serving to break and deconstruct the conventions most commonly associated with it. She’s a multi-talented artist and member of the 2013 Boston Poetry Slam Team. She also released the film, Ten, this year and has been published in Pank and Radius.

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After Haiyan, Pilipinos take on Pharrell’s “Happy”

When you see this don’t just think about the people of the Philippines’ ability to endure great pains, think of their will to resist and hope/pray/wish for their better future.


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