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Poetry Tribute for Ishmael Reed at SF Jazz Center

Tokyo Flower Children present an important poetry event at the San Francisco Jazz Center on Saturday, June 28th, where poet laureate Ishmael Reed will be honored and celebrated by peers and readers alike. This tribute includes readings by poets and writers: Tennessee Reed, Genny Lim, Yuri Kageyama, along with her Tokyo-based band Yuricane (including Hirokazu Suyama, Hiroshi Tokieda and Yuuichiro Ishii).

Ishmael Reed on the Prison System in California

Ishmael Reed, founder of the Before Columbus Foundation and author of over twenty titles, talks with Philip Maldari on the July 6th segment of The Sunday Show about California's prison system. For the full radio segment, click here. For a more in-depth interview with Reed in the San Francisco Bay View about California's prison system, click here.

Ishmael Reed Speaks: "To Become a Writer"

Author Ishmael Reed offers career advice to aspiring writers. For the video, click here.

Ishmael Reed Appearance at Twelfth National Black Writers Conference on CSPAN

Ishmael Reed participated on the panel “Maintaining Cultural Legacies: The Black Arts and Umbra Movements” as part of the 12th National Black Writers Conference, which took place from March 27-30, 2014 in New York City. Panelists talked about how to define Black literature and Black literary classics, and how the traditions of the Black Arts Movement and the Umbra Movement influenced the Black literary tradition. To watch the video, click here.

Ishmael Reed Curates San Francisco Jazz Poetry Festival

The festival, curated by SFJazz Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed, pairs poetry with jazz, and each evening is split into two shows spotlighting different ethnicities. Ishmael Reed has assembled lineups showcasing black, Latino, Jewish, LGBT, Native American, Irish American, Italian American and Asian American artists.For more information about the event, click here.

Ishmael Reed on Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

This summer, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents the traveling exhibition "Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist," the first retrospective of the artist’s paintings in two decades. A catalogue accompanies the exhibition, featuring critical texts by poet/essayist/novelist Ishmael Reed.


Politics, poetry and art highlighted at Black Arts Movement conference in Merced

Black History Month came to a close in dynamic fashion over the weekend in Merced, as poets, musicians, artists and activists convened a three-day conference titled "The Black Arts Movement and Its Influences: 50 Years On." Ishmael Reed delivered the keynote speech.

'When I Die I Will Go To Jazz' Installed at SFJAZZ

Last week, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate Ishmael Reed's poem "When I Die I Will Go To Jazz" was installed on the north gate of Raise Up Off Me Alley (named to honor jazz legend Hampton Hawes) at the SFJAZZ Center.