Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Women's Poetry Showcase on KPFA 94.1 "Women's Magazine": Monday, June 3rd 2013, 1-2pm

Thank you for joining me. I'm Global Val of "The Common Thread Collective" on & "Women's Magazine" KPFA 94.1 &

Spring is a season of creativity, so throughout the month of April - National Poetry Month - I invited some poets into the studio at Mutiny Radio in San Francisco to share not only their poetry, but also their love of community. I put together a showcase from those interviews which airs on KPFA 94.1 & on Monday, June 3rd 2013, 1-2pm for "Women's Magazine".

Listen to the show here:

If you were listening, you've come here to find out more about the Poets involved in this project. So it is my pleasure to present the women who were part of the 1st Women's Magazine Poetry Showcase.

Lost at Last, Clara Bellino "This is Happiness" & Nova Jazz


E.K. KEITH organizes Poems Under the Dome, an annual open mic celebration of Poetry Month inside San Francisco's City Hall. She enjoys the spectacle of open mics for entertainment, as well as the fun of participating. Recent print publications include work in phati'tude Literary Magazine, Soul Vomit, Nerve Cowboy, Sparring with Beatnik Ghosts, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, and Out of Our. Online publications include Dead Flowers and Dark Matter.

E.K. explained to her high school English students that the moniker Chief Keith was already taken, however they affectionately re-created her as a rap star after she told them she was a poet. She will complete a manuscript of her poetry this summer.

*Videos of Poems Under the Dome are all over YouTube, but there is some special footage from 2013, courtesy of the IPLSF (see below)at this YouTube link: Poems Under the Dome 2013

- Barrio poet, songstress, activist and spiritual healer comes from the Yaqui people of the Sonora desert. She has presented her work at Theater Artaud, La Pena Cultural center, Brava Theater (SF), among many other international venues.

MamaCoatl has curated ceremonies to heal the Amazonic River Mother of God at the border of Bolivia-Brazil-Peru, concerts for peace in communities affected by femicide along Mexico's highways and healing days at public plazas in the US.

Blessed by a mayoral proclamation, MamaCoatl made San Francisco the first and only city in the United States to officially proclaim and celebrate International Day for the Elimination of Violence toward Women and Girls since 2006.

MamaCoatl MA in Women Spirituality, MFA in Performance Activism and Creative Inquiry is also a Reiki Master, Absolute Balanced Mastery practitioner and is currently training with the Maya Council of Spiritual Guides.

Her book, "Border Crossing Diosa" is available at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco

JENNIFER BARONE is the founder and co-host of the long-running “WordParty” – a poetry and jazz open mic which happens at Viracocha in San Francisco, every third Tuesday of the month.

Jennifer is known to collaborate with local artists combining poetry, fine art and jazz and has been a featured poet at venues such as The SF Public Library, The Red Poppy Art House, The Beat Museum, SF MoMa, DeYoung Museum, The Randall Museum and many local venues for poetry. She has had the honor of being a selected poet for the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco in the 2007 and 2012 “Poets Eleven” city-wide contest, organized by the SF Public Library.

She is the author of three self-published collections of poetry: Saporoso, Poems of Italian Food & Love with drawings by Lam Khong, 2012, Secret City, 2007 – a bi-coastal collaboration with her father's original artwork in response to her poems about New York City and San Francisco and Simple Language, 2003.

You can find links to her books, video files and more about Jennifer and the Word Party by visiting

AVA BIRD is the author of two books 'the new now' & 'rage against the war machine.' & her work is published in many journals, publications, papers, and anthologies around the globe. You can check out more of her work by visiting: and and liking her articles and poems and buying her books, and becoming a fan on facebook! Her new works will be released soon, including a cd, a musical project and several new fun stories, poetry, prose and a raw recipe collection. She is an organizer for 100thousand poets for change and will be hosting upcoming events in the bay/russian river at the center for sacred studies.

KIMBERLY ESCAMILLA’s recent work has appeared or forthcoming in Red Wheelbarrow, Huffington Post, Plath Profiles, 5AM, DMQ Review, and My Baby Rides the Short Bus anthology. She has taught college-level writing and literature in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years and is the director of The International Poetry Library of San Francisco. She lives on the coast, a few miles north Half Moon Bay, CA with her husband Michael and son Harrison.

Global VAL IBARRA is a native San Franciscan, world traveler, poet & radio producer. The weekly Co-Host/Producer of "The Common Thread Collective" with the legendary Diamond Dave Whitaker LIVE on Fridays, 3-6pm, on She has hosted events for "100,000 Poets for Change" in San Francisco Civic Center in conjunction with Peace Day SF, 2011. Her work has been selected for several honors, including: Winner of 'Poet of the Month' (December 2007) & given 'Honourable Mention' (October 2007)through The Beat Museum Poetry Contest of North Beach, for which she was subsequently published in "The Beat Museum Poetry Anthology Vol. 1" (2009). Selected by the Poet Laureate of Benicia to participate in a poetry & visual art collaboration in response to the news, called "I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY!" which was on exhibit in the Public Libraries of Benicia and Pacific Grove, CA, in 2011 (videos available on YouTube). Author of "Shaking Out the Smoke Screen", an introductory collection of poetry (2011, 2013). In October 2012, she joined the team of independent Producers for KPFA 94.1 & "Women's Magazine", Mondays 1-2pm - a weekly show uniquely forged to highlight issues affecting & change being affected by women - and looks forward to continuing to grow and produce more programs in collaboration with the inspirational members of our local and global communities.

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