Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Viet Mai Young Poet in Celebration

Educator/Poet Viet Mai

Poet Viet Mai is the feature performer this Friday May 31st in celebration of National Asian American Heritage Month. http://www.vietmai.com/

                                     4th Friday Open Mic 
                               Friday, May 31, 2013- Free  
                                                         Host Jim Moreno
                      City Heights Performance Annex:   
                    3795 Fairmont Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
                               7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Event host and nationally acclaimed poet Jim Moreno http://www.jimpoet.com/ sent this exciting press release. I say exciting because Viet is a dynamic young man whose community heart embraces all people. His ongoing activism for youth education and empowerment is well known locally here in San Diego and also on the national spotlight. This young man walks the walk and talks the talk. Here is a blast from the past . . . . . .a young Viet Mai performing one of his now signature works.                                                     
I met Viet several years ago. He is a founding member of in the artistic collective known as Collective Purpose whose members include Ant Black, Chris Wilson, Rudy Franciso, Kendrick Dial and  Jessica Molina http://collectivepurpose.squarespace.com/;jsessionid=D529789750279EDCA50BF007B55D69BD.web124 and hosts "Elevated" their bi-weekly open mic.
In person he is engagingly soft spoken, his  poetic voice is anything but laid back and quiet. His fierce down to earth life insight illuminates twenty-first century person-hood, spaces of the oppressed, and "agency"personal and group. From our very first meeting, he impressed me as a young creative voice well worth hearing and today, several years later, he has proven that he is a cultural voice of this age.

Due to an ongoing chest cold, I was really disappointed that poor health and a need to rest blocked my presence. However, thanks to Jim Moreno's graciousness, I share a comment about Viet Mai's feature, the venue's host, Poet Jim Moreno's reason for starting the new open mic, and a little more about Viet in the RISING ARTISTS 2012-2013 section of notesong http://carpenoctum2.blogspot.com/p/rising-artists-2012.html
Feelin' the muse,
Delores Fisher

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