After the hugely successful reading of Teresa Mei Chuc and Seven Dhar on January 24, 2016, Village Poets are proud to present Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr. on February 28, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Bolton Hall Museum. The venue is located at 10110 Commerce Ave., Tujunga, CA 91042. Poets are invited to bring your poetry and sign-up for the open reading. Light refreshments will be served – a $3.00 donation is appreciated!
Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana Jr., also known as Steady, are spoken word artists and community organizers based in Los Angeles. They both are community organizers of KmB, Pro-People Youth, are founders of Sunday Jump, an open mic series in Historic Filipinotown, and co-founders of Asian American spoken word collective forWord.
They met at UC Irvine and got their start organizing in the context of arts and activism as student leaders for various campus organizations such as Uncultivated Rabbits and the Asian Pacific Student Association. They have been published in TAYO Literary Magazine, the Asian American Literary Review, and Salamin Magazine. They have performed on KSCI-TV LA18, at the LA Theater Center, the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Museum of Tolerance, and more. Recently, they served as co-curators of Literary Arts for the Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture.
As organizers, they believe that the arts serve as an important avenue for personal growth, developing community activists, and ultimately, greater social change.
They also just got married. Website: www.writesteady.com. A poem by Stephanie Sajor and a 2015 performance on You Tube are copied below.
The Color Orange
I want to feel your dynamite stick hands in mine
Together we make fireworks
Light me up bright orange
The way the sunset streaks across the horizon
I am the earth, you are the sun
Whose fingertips stretch for one last touch before you have to leave
You are that slice of citrus wedged between smiling lips after a hearty meal
The in-between not quite yellow not quite red
A state of everything in moderation
A contrast to my violent tsunami inconsistencies
Sit in the palm of my hand, my firefly
Can I hold you forever?
By Stephanie Sajor
Village Poets at January 2016 Reading
Seated L to R: Marlene Hitt, Seven Dhar, Teresa Mei Chuc, Jackie Chou, Mira Mataric, Maja Trochimczyk. Standing L to R: Lulu Abramian, Pam Shea, Janet Nippell, Alice Pero, Judy Barrat, Elsa Frausto, Joe DeCenzo, Kathabela and Rick Wilson, Deborah P Kolodji, Jan King.