Posted in Hip Hop Conversation, Performing, Poems, poetry, Thoughts

My Interview

I am excited to see an interview done on me. Thank you to Izzy Lala for asking and writing the article. It was an amazing experience because it was a chance to see someone else’s point of view of me.

Plus, I started to understand the image that I projected publicly. Since being a tone setter is a statement, I enjoy being the first poet to starts the show.

Poetic Roots

My roots with poetry are long. I have been writing since I was 10 years old. A lot of my early poems were turned into rap lyrics immediately. While most poets have their heroes: Robert Frost, E.E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, etc. my heroes were rappers (emcees).

Street poetry was the coined term before Hip Hop was a culture. Most critics say that rapping is not poetry. I counter that remark with this: evolution is a recurring event. So, when poets view some new or strange styles of poetry, they need to understand the importance is still the words.

I thought about how to define my own poetry. I assumed poetry was similar to a painting or music. I made it for someone to read or recite and build their own interpretation.

But reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, revealed my work can’t tell stories by itself. My poetry is my work. So I have to explain the unfamiliar parts because what I do is me.

Check out Izzy Lala interview of me:

http://bit.ly/2ceG64p

Posted in Interviews, Performing, podcast, poetry, Sacramento, Thoughts

Andru Defeye: Guerrilla Poet Laureate

Part 1
Part 2

CharRon sat down and talked with ZFG Founder, Emcee, beatmaker, Writer and 2020 Poet Laureate Andru Defeye.

Topics discuss

  • Poet Origin
  • Guerrilla poetry
  • Sol Collective
  • Shows he produced
  • ZFG – Zero Forbidden Goals
  • Activist
  • Not so underground podcast
  • Being Poet Laureate
  • Chain link poetry
  • Social Media
  • Closing

Social media

Andru Defeye:

IG: https://www.instagram.com/therealdefeye

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrudefeye

Website: https://therealdefeye.wordpress.com/

Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/defeye

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQHTWhhaAzkS5qhGNfs7Nfg

Bandcamp: https://andrudefeye.bandcamp.com/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1bxrAnUigDsjCgFNXw4QIm

Iambic podcast:

https://linktr.ee/Iambiczine

Posted in Hip Hop Conversation, Interviews, Performing, podcast, Poems, poetry, Sacramento, Thoughts

EP 9 Michael Ellis – From the Page, To the Stage.

As a published author, Michael has written several books and hosted or facilitated poetry groups. Keynote poetry being his primary purpose, he has use his skills to maneuver with young rappers and college professors. His latest endeavor is Directing a Theater play called When I get free, that is poetry driven. Like Hamilton,  there are scenes that have lines but the Poems are the powerful parts of the story.

Topics Discuss:

  • Poet‘s Origin
  • Poetry: his escape
  • His books
  • His new persona: Inkcredible Poet
  • Keynote Poets
  • Page vs. Stage
  • His admiration towards Tupac
  • Theater poetry defined
  • Being a Director
  • Mathematics of poetry
  • Word wizzards affiliation

Event and Social media

Check out the theatrical debut: When I get free at Ooley Theater on February 8 at 7pm 2007 28th Street.

http://www.Facebook/keynotepoets

Instagram.com/inKcrediblepoet 

Posted in business, Interviews, Performing, podcast, Poems, poetry, Sacramento, Thoughts

AndYes – Sacramento’s Renaissance Man

Iambic Podcast Episode 5

I talk to Sacramento Renaissance man, AndYes. His work is pretty extensive: 9 chapbooks, full length Book, 2 albums, 3 one man shows. His media presence on Good day Sacramento, NPR radio, Sac News and Reviews, Submerge. We discussed:

  • The life of his late brother, Frank
  • how Wrestling helped his persona
  • Professional Improv love
  • manage major Depression & mental health
  • why he started doing poetry?
  • Page & Stage poetry comparison
  • his name origin
  • Grand Slam Champion & the belt to prove it.
  • being a circuit Poet (praise to Brandon Leake)
  • his hosting time
  • operations FreeSoul
  • Spoken word Federation (my victory against Marvin)
  • Poetry myths in modern society
  • affiliation with ZFG
  • who is Ms. MARS
  • podcasting (scenespeak)
  • his Spoken word album
  • chapbook trick (Stacy Gee did it)
  • Writing of AMAN (first chapbook)
  • Poets & Politics podcast (with Brandon Leake, Stacy Gee and Twosense)

His website: www.andyespoetry.com

Posted in Interviews, Performing, podcast, poetry, Thoughts

Ep 3: Len Germinara – Polis Poet: backbone & all

The interview

I visited Len Germinara’s home to conduct an interview for Iambic Podcast due to Gallery portrait additions being placed at Sacramento Poetry Center for Second Saturday. Beside his dog’s infatuation for attention., we discuss about several topics:

  • Living in Nantucket
  • Writing 8 books
  • DIY to Publishing
  • His love to Slam poetry
  • The story of his Back Injury
  • His Wife and her endeavor
  • Famous Friends
  • Junior Rangers
  • Ecopoetry
Iambic Podcast EP 3: Len Germinara

To view his work and accomplishment: www.lengerminara.com

For more podcast episodes: www.Iambic.podbean.com

Posted in business, Djing, Life decisions, Thoughts

What? Where is Nevada County?

Happy new year everyone. 2019 has been a game changer in my life: 1) I have left Sacramento. 2) I have moved to Nevada County. (Where?!) I asked the same question. I definitely feel like the Fresh Prince in Grass Valley. I have moved my business operations also with me. So, A Serious Production is operational out here. But, I have a found a open mic spot. I am on the hunt for poets and stuff to do. I still host Sacramento poetry Center and deejay and engineer open mic shows, poetry slams, and comedy show in Sacramento. But will I do the same thing in Nevada County. We shall see.