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Wordlights Poetry ft. Ken Yoshikawa

December 21, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Free
Rocking Frog Cafe, 2511 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 + Google Map

Wordlights Saturday poetry evenings presented by NovaPDX, Rocking Frog Cafe and hosted by Igor Brezhnev.

On Saturday, December 21st, we’ll have a feature from Ken Yoshikawa celebrating the release of Ken’s book Monster Colored Glasses (Lightship Press, 2019) and a long set poetry open mic!

OUR FEATURE: Ken Yoshikawa

Ken Yoshikawa is a shin-issei/first generation half-Japanese American poet-actor from Portland, OR. He has been active in the Portland spoken word community since 2014. In his theatre career he’s appeared at Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland Center Stage, NW Children’s Theatre, Oregon Adventure Theatre, and Portland Playhouse. Ken graduated from Reed College with a B.A in Theatre Arts. In 2019 he released his first spoken word album Quiver (Lightship Press), and performed his autobiographical poetic solo play The Art of Fly Swatting at the Pan Asian Repertory off-broadway in NYC. His poems have appeared in Nailed Magazine, Letters from the Void, Hapa Mag, and Discover Nikkei. He loves blue chicken taco trees and resents punctuation and grammar at his convenience. His first full length poetry book Monster Colored Glasses is coming out in December of 2019.

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Sign-ups start at 5:30, show starts at 6PM. On first and third Saturdays each performer in the open mic gets 10 minutes, there are only 8 slots available and the list order is randomized.

Come share your words and join us for a night of open mic, great poetry features and get nourishment & libations from Rocking Frog Cafe (home of the best donuts)! 🙂

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Rocking Frog Cafe is an independently run, local gem in the lower Belmont District of southeast Portland. Nestled in a lovely early-century Craftsman-style bungalow, we offer a comfortable place to study, eat and socialize. Find out more about The Rocking Frog at rockingfrogpdx.com.

NovaPDX is a talent and production company based in Portland, Oregon. We organize and host performance and educational events, showcasing local and visiting musicians, poets and comedians. Our mission is to create spaces where talent thrives. Learn more about us at novapdx.org.

Your host, Igor Brezhnev is a poet, an author, an artist and a book designer among his other sins. He is roaming the West Coast thinking up new art, books and helping shape creative projects. You can find out more about Igor at igorbrezhnev.com

Details

Date:
December 21, 2019
Time:
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Venue

Rocking Frog Cafe
2511 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
+ Google Map
Phone:
503-230-8914
Website:
http://rockingfrogpdx.com

Organizer

NovaPDX
Website:
https://www.novapdx.org