Tuesday, September 20, 2016

6 Years of 100 Thousand Poets for Change

Saturday, September 24, at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in VENICE, CA (the West Side of LA)
Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 681 Venice Blvd. Venice CA.
10am: Black Mask Parade against Police Brutality
GATHER at Venice Blvd. and Lincoln Blvd. We will march over to Beyond Baroque/ Abbott Kinney.
Join your community as we march up Venice Blvd. donning the masks of those who are victims of Police Brutality and unjust killing. Stop the murdering police NOW!
Showtime: 11am-8pm
Join us in a world gathering – a celebration of change!
The Los Angeles Poet Society is honored to host amazing Angels of Change in our communities! Celebrating 6 years of 100TPC together! Additional events will be held after 3pm at Beyond Baroque.
ISSUES WE WILL ADDRESS at this gathering:
  • Homelessness
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Youth Empowerment
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Justice for All!
  • Save our Water, stand with STANDING ROCK in North Dakota
  • Indigenous Rights
  • Body Image 
  • Stop Police Brutality
  • Senior Advocacy and Creative Aging
  • Women’s Freedom
  • Help Heal Mother Earth and BECOME HER CARETAKERS!
  • End the patriarchy
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Equal rights for all!

Aztlan Underground (MUSIC)
Open Mic for the People! Come up to your mic and tell us what you advocate for.
Poetry from Pogo Saito, Juan A. Cardenas, Jessica M. Wilson, Radomir V. Luza, Norman Molesko, LynneBronstein, Ava Bird, Mark Evans
Community Poet Tree – What will you change? You tell us — write a poem and hang it on our tree.
Las Lunas Locas: Alexandra M. and Amanda Wang
Nalgona Pride Positivity – Gloria Lucas, Founder 
Tote4Friendz – April S. Hernandez, Founder
Persistence of Sound, spinning live by DJ Gary Alvarez and www.RadioSombra.com
Poesia Festival

10am, 11am-12pm, 1pm-3pm: Hosted by Los Angeles Poet Society 
10am: Black Mask March led by Jessica M. Wilson and the people! (gather at Venice and Lincoln)
11am: Welcome to the 6th 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Festival.
Let’s talk about what just happened at the Black Mask March.
A view of the global 100 Thousand Poets for Change World Movement!
11:10am: Poet & Flutist/Vocalist Juan Cardenas  – advocate for Immigrants Rights, Heal Mother Earth
11:25am: Poet and Actress/Singer Pogo Saito – advocate for Women’s Equality, End the patriarchy
11:40am: Poet Norman Molesko, LA’s “Young Oldie” Poet – advocate for Senior Advocacy and Creative Aging
11:55am: Tote4Friendz introduction from Founder, April S. Hernandez – advocate to end homelessness and help humanity.
NOON -1 hosted by Jennifer Thompson
12pm: Aurora featuring Spoken Word Poet Jennifer Thompson with Drake – advocates for positivity and empowerment.
1-3pm hosted by Jessica M. Wilson
1:10pm: Aztlan Underground – musical performance – advocates for Indigenous Rights, Immigrant Rights, Restoring Mother Earth, Justice for All!
1:55pm: Poet Jessica M. Wilson – advocate for human rights, end homelessness, stop mass incarceration, youth empowerment, Black Lives Matter, All Lives Matter, Indigenous Rights, Women’s Rights, Stop the patriarchy, Help Heal Mother Earth – be a caretaker, Save our Water – Stand with Standing Rock, Stop police brutality.
2:10pm: People’s open mic with Poet Radomir V. Luza
2:15pm: People’s open mic with Poet Lynne Bronstein
2:20pm: People’s open mic with Poet Mark Evans
2:25pm: Las Lunas Locas introduction from the Lunas, and reading from Poets Amanda Wang and Alexandra Marie – advocates for Human Rights, Healing Mother Earth, All Lives Matter
2:35pm:  Nalgona Positivity Pride, introduction from Founder Gloria Lucas – advocate for Decolonizing the Body, Positive body image, eating disorders, end the patriarchy
2:40pm: Food Not Bombs – introduction from team – advocates for Humanity, ending homelessness, self care, healing our planet, ending hunger
2:45pm: Persistence of Sound, introduction from DJ Gary Alvarez – advocate of Human Rights, decolonizing, human consciousness, Indigenous Rights
2:50pm: Venice Community Unity Coalition, introduction from team – advocates for Human Rights, ending Gentrification, Helping stop homelessness, justice for all
2:55pm: Los Angeles Poet Society, thanks from Founder Jessica M. Wilson – advocates for HUMAN RIGHTS. All lives matter! Veterans rights, senior advocacy and creative aging, Youth Empowerment, Stop police brutality.
2:57pm: Let’s take a look at our POET TREE — what are some things people will change.
3pm – 6pm hosted by ANTONIETA VILLAMIL
Poesia Festival – a Multilingual Event
6pm – 8pm programming hosted by Beyond Baroque
100 Thousand Poets for Change is a FREE EVENT. Donations, however, are always welcome. We appreciate your kindness to keep us moving forward on our mission to unify community through poetry!
Vendors, Food, Orgs and Non-Profits, Community, Change and Unity, healing with Peace and Understanding.

FOOD FROM:Food Not Bombs – grab a vegetarian free meal made from love and community heart.

Tote4Friendz – holding a TOTE BAG, WATER BOTTLE, HYGIENE PRODUCTS DRIVE as this event. Meet Founder, April S. Hernandez
Nalgona Positivity Pride – meet NPP Founder, Gloria Lucas, purchase some awesome positive body image merchandise. 
Las Lunas Locas – will be typing poems on demand. Meet the Lunas and ask about joining the group.
Los Angeles Poet Society – sign up to join your creative community. LAPS will also be having a Book Sale.
Persistence of Sound – Live DJ Gary Alvarez spinning from www.radiosombra.org
Meet Gary and learn more about his show — many social justice issues. Enjoy the tunes while you eat.
Check out the POET TREE! The LA Poet Society asks, what do you want to change. 
Write your answer poems and hang it on the TREE!
This event will be archived by Stanford University and stands in solidarity with the world movement of 100 Thousand Poets for Change!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Reading at the Last Bookstore - September 21

Hello my friends,
I am going to be reading this coming Weds, Sept. 21 at the Last Bookstore in the historic bank district of downtown LA!

Yahooo! I will be there with my brothers and sisters of the Coiled Serpent Anthology from Tia Chucha Press!

It's a free show, and it will be filmed! I am super stoked!
The LAPS has a new videographer and is growing the team of officers/ head honchos/honchas :)

More info: http://lastbookstorela.com/events/2743/

The Coiled Serpent is an amazing collection of the diverse authors of LA, pulling from our stories of tragedy, triumph, and hysterics.
A very special book, dedicated to our dearly departed poet heroes:

Wanda Coleman
John Trudell
Francisco X. Alarcon

Plus a great intro from LA's Poet LAureate, Luis J. Rodriguez!
Way to rock it Tia Chucha Press -- what a beautiful LA legacy! WRITE ON!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/11 Memorial Open Mic with SoapBox Poets

Beyond Baroque, the home of the SoapBox Poets Open Mic, will have a 9/11 memorial reading, Sunday, September 11, 2016.

Bring your candle and your art.

Peace and love to everyone... let us heal each other and share story.

Where were you on 9/11/2001... when did you find out? What did you do?

7 minute mic to all genres.
Hosted by me (Jessica M. Wilson Cardenas)
Los Angeles Poet Society

Address to Beyond Baroque:
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA



Friday, September 9, 2016

What I Heard

I heard it for myself, but I didn’t understand it.
It was mumbled, passed under the air,
the translation was kind, so I don’t really believe it;
but why would you say that, mom? Why say that…?
Were you pushed to a wall and forced to finally speak?
My self-esteem cannot release me
because I don’t even know if I am looking at myself anymore.

I pray to god and I pray to god.
I know the mother spirit is listening and is there with me
through the struggle,
I know my heart is good,
but what did I hear?
Was that you, finally coming exposed?
Did you ever want me, or want us,
my sister and I;
that have been dragged over fields by our hair, screaming
for peace, unconditional love, from the lap of

We want more, yes. We do.

Your face has always been in my memory:
A smile from the shadows;
maybe always an illusion
to the mother I wanted to see;
one who gave love.

Jessica M. Wilson
Friday, 11:18am

Wednesday, August 31, 2016


cascade of color
generations after
the start of matriculation
dreams of higher revelation
beyond the normality
of just being
breathing or beating
of where we all began

i see unity in this prism 
light glaring into my throat,
a voice for more
a voice to plunge into pastimes
of lives more than mine
more than what i have seen

it is immeasurable 
makes me want to scream higher
for the dreams of all reality
to come to be.
i infiltrate the circle,
tuck myself into a knapsack
and dance under the joy,
no solitude,
a collective self 
that will resonate and sing
beyond the reasons of understanding;
who we can be
or become
within season

we are collective body;
masses of other,
faces of comfort
that grace the life holy.
one being
to nurture and penetrate
without charity or solace
minds of menace and laughter
minds planted with decision
to reach beyond the vision
of alignment.
reaching beyond the chosen mind
creating a harmony of our otherness
togetherness reaching
to declare our lives;
we stand like trees,
knees unbuckled
less savage than times before us
teetering heavy
to shift the weight of the planet.

forces for good
extreme light
that will serenade our history
with the galaxy of our faces,
placards placed
carefully into the earthwalls
of our existence.
a unity chosen
a theory revealed:
that peace steps with careful feet
in the gleeful light;
karma in charity
plenty of passion
we shine precise
beam in reality.

jessica m. wilson
august 31, 2016
at Los Angeles Valley College - library
examining the eclectic faces of education

Monday, March 28, 2016

AWP in LA!

I am featured at AWP2016!

Hello Los Angeles! 
I am super excited to be joining the festivities of literary sorts this week for the annual AWP Conference! AWP is Association of Writers and Writing Programs. There will be panel presentations, readings, book signings,bookfairs, all kinds of fun things...including a bar for us boozers :) haha

I am stoooooooked! I heard about AWP so much in college and in Grad School...it's amazing that I have this opportunity to be a part of it. I get to represent myself as a Poet and also as a Poet Teacher with California Poets in the Schools, newly published by international press, Swan World Press from Paris, France... and also, I will be hosting my own offsite event from the Los Angeles Poet Society, with the Writers Underground at Espacio 1839, in the heart of East LA..very close to where I was born. This indeed is such a special time for me. 
I have no idea what to expect, but I know that I will rock and roll every day and enjoy this experience!

Here is a list of events that I will be reading at. I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 30th
Coiled Serpent Anthology Release Party & Reading
hosted by LA's Poet Laureate, Luis J. Rodriguez!
at the ACE HOTEL: 929 S. Broadway Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015

I'll be reading my poem Being Human, published in the anthology, along with about 25-30 more LA Poets! Come and celebrate with us, grab your copy of the anthology, and get it signed! 

Thursday, March 31st
California Poets in the Schools AWP Offsite:
Calling Artists Teaching in Communities
hosted by Fernando D. Castro of Ta'yer & CPITS
at the Frida Kahlo Theater: 2332 W. 4th St. Los Angeles, CA 90057

I will be featuring at this event, along with many of my Poet Teacher colleagues, including: Tobey Kaplan, Phyllis Meshalum, Fernando D. Castro, Juan Cardenas, Cathy Barber, John Oliver Simon, with Youssef Alaoui. There will also be an open mic for the community!

Saturday,April 2nd
Thanks for Visiting!
hosted by Los Angeles Poet Society & Writers Underground 
at Espacio 1839: 1839 1st St. Los Angeles, CA 90033

with Iris De Anda, Gloria E. Alvarez, Jeffery Martin, Steve Abee, Cynthia Guardado & Jessica M. Wilson

Other AWP events I get to be a part of...

Thursday, March 31st
Panel on Teaching Poetry to K-12 children
with California Poets in the Schools

at the AWP Conference, 10:30am - 11:45am
Room 407 at the LA Convention Center, Meeting room level


The Los Angeles Poet Society will also have a booth at the Book Fair with Swan World Press! Stop by Table 1124!

I'll be signing my book, Serious Longing, on Thursday, March 31st, at our table, from 2-4pm! Come on by!

Do you want your copy of Serious Longing? Order it here for $10!www.paypal.me/europawynd/10

Monday, February 29, 2016

When you’re no longer silly enough

When you’re no longer silly enough to be with the “in crowd”, you just disappear.
Sometimes it hurts, remembering…
the old self in the mirror, and the shadows of age popping up like freckles.
I miss you. I miss it… miss us, but I realize
I’m never the person I am today when I’m with you.
I am dully shining over your shoulder,
questioning my intentions, and yours of mine.
How many slow waltzes will we dance until we just embrace another partner
that enjoys our step,
and leads with grace
with full swings inward and outward
of the heart?
I’m tired of aching,
but I can’t stand blind of the ashes that have fallen,
the timber of broken friendship,
or small betrayal
or the recourse of new life.
I dream to feel whole, but insecurity never lets me stand beside you
because I never know where you will go next;
sometimes with me,
sometimes concealed in the arms of so many more
than I can even foster.
Sometimes being home means being alone.

Jessica M. Wilson 2/28/16
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