Flower Power Poetry Series
Free with Flower Power admission
the world, flowers are timeless symbols of love, of hope, of peace and of
resistance. Join six Bay Area poets in a three-part lunchtime poetry series in
the Flower Power Lounge as they read works inspired by these timely themes.
Rhodessa Jones is Co-Artistic
Director of the acclaimed San Francisco performance company Cultural Odyssey.
She is an actress, teacher, director, and writer. Ms. Jones is also the
Director of the award winning Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women and
HIV Circle, which is a performance workshop designed to achieve personal
and social transformation with incarcerated women and women living with HIV. Rhodessa has just been invited by the prestigious Dartmouth College to be a Montgomery Fellow, conducting lectures and workshops in
early Fall 2017.
In December 2016 Rhodessa received a Theater Bay Area Award presented to individuals that have
made “extraordinary contributions to the Bay Area theatre community.” In 2014 she received The Sui Generis Achievement Award for “one of a
kind contributions, which benefit society in unique ways”. In
January 2016 Ms. Jones was hired by the University of California, Berkeley to
teach the Black Theater Workshop entitled “Performance: An African American
Perspective”. Rhodessa received the Theatre Practitioner Award presented
by Theater Communications Group during July 2015. The award recognizes “a living individual whose work in
the American theatre has evidenced exemplary achievement over time and who has
contributed significantly to the development of the larger field”.
To begin 2013 The Office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee and
the San Francisco Art Commission presented the 2013 Mayor's Art Award
to Rhodessa Jones, for her “lifetime of artistic achievement and enduring
commitment to the role of the arts in civic life”.
Wailee Kwong is a poet and playwright who traverses seen and unseen
geographies. Her poetry and prose have garnered multiple Pushcart
nominations. As artist in residence at Stanford University, she developed
'Liriope,' a theatrical adaptation of the Narcissus myth.
Tony Robles is a poet and activist born and raised in San Francisco. His poetry has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Pinoy Poetics and The Asian Pacific American Journal. He is the author of Cool Don't Live Here No More--A Letter to San Francisco, and the
upcoming Fingerprints of a Hunger Strike, to be released in October
2017 by Ithuriel's Spear Press. Tony is a nominee and finalist for poet laureate of
San Francisco and the current recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the San
Francisco Arts Commission.