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Poetry Weekend: White, Davis, Ellis, + McZeal
April 23, 2017 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm$20
The CJC is proud to present four local poets, George Davis, Amos White, Amber McZeal, and James Ellis for our final day of Poetry Weekend. George Davis will be hosting the event, showcasing individual sets by each poet.
George W. Davis
Born on a ranch in Arizona, raised on a farm in Indiana, schooled in Indiana, Virginia, New York, and Vermont. Professional work as teacher, manager of Racesales, cattleman, consultant, librarian, merchant of books and records for Jazzschool, poet, speaker, ranter and activist has led him to fishing, tutoring in public schools, and the joy and privilege of husbandhood and grandfatherdom.
Amos White is an awarded haiku poet and author, producer/director and activist recognized for his vivid literary imagery and breathless poetic interpretations. Amos was a finalist in the NPR National Cherry Blossom Haiku Contest 2013 and published in several national reviews and anthologies. He serves on several literary and arts nonprofit boards, is Founder and Host of the Heart of the Muse creative’s salon, Executive Producer and Host of Beyond Words: Jazz+Poetry show; and produces the Oakland Haiku and Poetry Festival.
James Ellis is a San Francisco Bay Area performance poet. His work has appeared in numerous publications, such as poetry magazines Out of Our and The 16th and Mission Review. His poems, at City Lights Books SF and University Press Books in Berkeley, are sold inexpensively; through YouTube, given freely; and archived at UC Berkeley Bancroft Library. A Poets and Writers Foundation grant recipient, his work with interpretive jazz band, Nova Jazz, is on display every third Tuesday at SF’s Piano Fight’s Word Party. He knows life is good because he’s alive to see it.
Amber McZeal is an artistic scholar steeped in the improvisational traditions of New Orleans. Her current body of work, Mudzimu, is a combination of original music compositions and afro-futurist mythos explores the transgenerational inheritance of separation from land, home and personhood, and the subsequent psychic limbo that it conjures, as well as the generative abyss that it promises. Through sound and word, her sci-fi journey shifts the perception of this limbo from exile to chrysalis.
She relocated to the Bay Area in 2006 to complete her B.A. in Sound Therapy, Trauma Studies, and Sacred Intellectualism. Amber is currently a doctoral student of depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecological Psychology specialization.