Wyoming Arts Council

Heart Mountain Pilgrimage features National Poetry Slam Champion G Yamazawa

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G Yamazawa

The annual Heart Mountain Pilgrimage will be held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21-22, at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center between Cody and Powell in Park County.

HMIC staff invite all former incarcerees and their families from all World War II confinement sites to “join us for fellowship, commemoration, healing and celebration.” They will be celebrating the return of an original Heart Mountain barracks building and dedicating the Heart Mountain Root Cellar.

On Saturday, special guest at the 10 a.m. opening ceremonies will be G Yamazawa, 2014 winner of the National Poetry Slam Competition.

More about Yamazawa:

Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. At 24 years old, “G” is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured in over 40 American cities and 5 European countries. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow, G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s Season 3 of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. G’s poetry has been published inBeltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune Magazine, and 27 Views of Durham, and has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover, and VP Joe Biden. An advocate for youth empowerment, G also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry. Monthly host at Busboys and Poets, coach of the Georgetown Collegiate Slam Poetry Team, and full-time touring poet, G continues to cherish every moment he shares with each person, whether it be an audience, his nephew, or the bus driver.

FMI: http://heartmountain.org/pilgrimage.html

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