April is National Poetry Month. To commemorate the occasion, Fresno City College will host two performance poetry events this month, featuring two eclectic poetic performers.
The first reading is scheduled for Monday, April 16, with Bay Area slam poet Adriel Luis. As part of the acclaimed spoken-word quartet Ill-Literacy, Luis regularly appears on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam and is the 2005 Bay Area Poetry Slam champion. He’s the author of the poetry collection How to Make Juice and has shared the stage with poets and musicians including Saul Williams, KRS-One, Lauryn Hill, and Mos Def, among many others.
The second reading is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18, with local poet and essayist David Mas Masumoto. An organic peach and grape farmer from Del Rey, south of Fresno, Masumoto is the author of several poetic books of prose, including: Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, and Epitaph For A Peach, among others. Masumoto is also a regular columnist for the Fresno Bee.
Each reading will be held from 11 a.m. to noon inside the Student Lounge at Fresno City College, at McKinley and Van Ness avenues. For details, e-mail FCC English instructor Lee Herrick here. National Poetry Month is an ongoing project of the Academy of American Poets.