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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 Shawn William

Originally posted on The Berkeley Slam!:


by Jason Bayani

The open slam is back this week at the Berkeley Poetry slam and our feature is Shawn William. He’s been a longtime mainstay in the Bay Area poetry scene and a three time grand slam champion. As a solo artist and member of Fiveology, a collective of poets whose membership boasts NPS champions Rudy Francisco and Javon Johnson, he’s been featured on TV shows such as Arsenio Hall and Verses and Flow and has opened for Jill Scott. He is one of the most commanding poets I’ve seen on stage but what has always impressed me most is his clever, heady approach to the musicality of language and our ability to bend and change it’s meaning. He’s also a Bay Area guy through and through. And that’s important.

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Hella Stuff This Weekend


What’s up folks. Last week I made a slam team for the first week since 2010. A slam team with the unbelievably silly idea of coming to Nationals with only new work that was written over the summer. It’s about as silly of an idea as a poetry competition that’s judged off of points. But I do get to work with four phenomenal poets (Danez Smith, Tatyana Brown, Joshua Merchant, and Jelal) and a coaching staff that includes Cam Awkward Rich and Sam Sax.  So hey, if there’s anyone to pull off this experiment with, this is a quality group to give it a go. This weekend I got a lot of stuff going on. Here’s a rundown of readings and shows I will be participating in.


PAWA Presents Pin@ys First Books Bayanihan Community Center 1010 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94103

Please join us in celebrating the publication of Jason Bayani’s AMULET, Aimee Suzara’s SOUVENIR, and Angela Torres’s BLOOD ORANGE.
La Pena Presents: Versus Odds
A fund raiser for typhoon relief and cultural work in the Philippines!
La Peña Cultural Center 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, California 94705 featuring:
Coco Peila - releasing her new album “I Still Love Him: pt 2. Bad B!+@#es 101″ Power Struggle - releasing their new album “In Your Hands” Jamie DeWolf JURIMIKO Hazel Rose Jason Bayani Boondock Squad
program begins with an Open Mic. sign-ups start at 6:30pm Dance Party at 11:20pm
admission prices: $12 presale $12-20 sliding scale at the door in collaboration with ALAYLeague of Filipino Students and UGAT #versusodds peep the video!
Amulet Book Discussion with Jason Bayani at Sweet Adeline Bakeshop

Sweet Adeline 33350 Adeline Berkeley, CA

Sweet Adeline in Berkeley, CA has chosen Amulet: A Collection of Poems by Jason Bayani as its book of the month for April. Please come and join Jason to discuss the book with him and maybe hear a poem or two.

Berkeley Slam Finals!

We are pumped for tonight’s Season Finale of the Berkeley Poetry Slam. 8 contestants will compete for 5 spots to represent Berkeley at the National Poetry Slam this August in Oakland, California. 

If you want to get a live twitter feed of all the action follow the Berkeley Slam on Twitter! @berkeleyslam


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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Upcoming Events

April 17th: San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA)
April 26th: Bayanihan Center (San Francisco, CA)
April 26th: Versus Odds @La Pena Cultural Center (Berkeley, CA)
April 27th: Sweet Adeline Bakeshop (Berkeley, CA)
June 29th: Brower Center with Patricia Smith, Willie Perdomo, Sonya Renee and TOO MANY OTHER DOPE POETS!! (Berkeley, CA)

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