On Wednesday, April 25, I perform poems from The Armageddon of Funk in a tribute both to National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation month with some help from a few amazingly talented friends, including guitarist Todd Brown, saxophonist Prasant Radhakrishnan, bassist Michael Shiono, and Howard Wiley on drums! Expect one of the poems we perform to be my San Francisco poem “Manchild” (tracing the transformative path of first aspiring to be a pimp and then wanting to be like Malcolm X) backed up by a live rendition of John Coltrane’s “Equinox.” This event is sponsored by the Museum of the African Diaspora. The Armageddon of Funk (Tia Chucha Press, 2011) was recently selected as an “Honor Book for Poetry” Award by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, which called the book “A poetic soundtrack to Black life.” Poetry. Music. Wine. Talk. At MoAD.
Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, 6:30-8pm, Free with museum admission. General admission is $10, $5 for seniors and students, and Free to MoAD members.