215 Main Poetry & Jazz

Whale & Jazz Festival logoThe 13th Annual Sonoma – Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival presents:

Poet Jason Bayani
and Poets Jazz Ensemble

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
215 Main, Point Arena

Acclaimed poet reading his works, accompanied by spontaneous improvised jazz. Open poets mic. Food & drink. 707-882-3215

Jason BayaniJason Bayani is a graduate of Saint Mary’s MFA program in Creative Writing. He is a Kundiman Fellow and a veteran of the National Poetry Slam scene whose work has been published in Fourteen Hills, Muzzle Magazine, Mascara Review, the National Poetry Slam anthology, Rattapallax, Write Bloody’s classroom anthology–– Learn Then Burn, and other publications.

As a member of seven National Poetry Slam teams, he’s been a National Poetry Slam finalist and represented Oakland at the International World Poetry Slam. He is also one of the founding members of the Filipino American Spoken Word troupe, Proletariat Bronze, and has been an organizer for the Asian and Pacific Islander Poetry and Spoken Word Summit.

His first book, “Amulet” was published in 2013 through Write Bloody Press and has garnered acclaim in literary magazines such as Zyzzyva and Glint. He is currently the program manager at Kearny Street Workshop, the oldest multi-disciplinary Asian Pacific American arts organization in the country.

For an example of his work, see “Wanting What You Can’t Have Anymore,” by Jason Bayani.

The poets jazz ensemble for this evening will include musicians Tim Mueller on guitar, James Hayes on bass, Karl Young on shakuhachi and Chris Campbell on drums.