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Poetry Tribute at the SF Jazz Center

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Tokyo Flower Children present an important poetry event at the San Francisco Jazz Center, 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). But the spotlight of the evening will capture a special reading by the iconic wordsmith himself, Ishmael Reed.

One of the most respected American writers today, Ishmael Reed has fascinated and provoked his readers throughout his legacy of essays, plays, poems, and a proud feat of publishing more than 20 books, including “Mumbo Jumbo” and “Japanese By Spring.” Reed has also recorded the spoken word with renowned musicians. A Bay Area legend, Reed has done much for his multi-cultural audiences, as well as for literature itself.

Through his magazine and publishing house, Reed has also presented the works of lesser known writers, including some of his past students at the University of California, Berkeley, highlighting voices from minority groups that rarely get mainstream media exposure.

“Ishmael Reed was the first person to publish my poem, and that meant so much to a young poet who felt so alone but had so much to say,” offers Yuri Kageyama, Tokyo-based poet and musician. Yuri Kageyama is the one responsible for organizing this important tribute for Ishmael Reed.

This event is free and open to the public. Come out and don’t miss this evening of celebration and honor.

For more information, please contact Yuri Kageyama at .

Saturday, June 28th

7:00 PM-9:00 PM, doors open at 6:30 PM

San Francisco Jazz Center

Miner Auditorium

201 Franklin Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


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