isangWord

Mabuhay! This is Eddy of forWord checking in from the Philippines. I just woke up from a nap to reset any jetlag, so what’s up y’all! It’s about 5:40 PM here.

I will be overseas for a whole month, and I don’t think I ever blogged anything about it on the forWord Facebook and Tumblr so my apologies! tatlongWord (Tatlong = Three), I know, will be holding it down back in the states. I’ll let y’all figure out what “isang” means. =).

As you may guess, being back in the homeland is very rejuvenating. When I do write anything new inspired by my experiences here, y’all will be one of the first to know!

Paalam na!

- Eddy M. Gana Jr.

[ Posted on 12.13.11 / 3 notes ]

KmB Presents Solidarity Night 2011

Stephanie Sajor and I (Eddy M. Gana Jr.) of forWord are actually helping to organize this next event!!! It would mean so much to us if you could come by and spread the word!

Next Wednesday, November 30th, is Andres Bonifacio’s Birthday, recognized as Bonifacio Day! As one of the original founders of the Katipunan movement, he was a Filipino nationalist and revolutionary of the Philippines.

This day will also mark the 12th year Anniversary of KmB, Prop People Youth! For this special day, forWord will be gracing the stage at their Solidarity Night 2011 with spoken word and musical performances by Kymistry, Tripz, and Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun!

https://www.facebook.com/events/303178746368085/

Join us at SIPA in Los Angeles from 6-8 PM as we celebrate with games, our annual Year in Review video, and solidarity statements from allied organizations. You do not want to miss the festivities!

[ Posted on 11.26.11 / 5 notes ]
Tags:   #forword    #forword collective    #forword feature    #forword news    #forword spoken word    #kmb    #sipa    #historic filipinotown

manilaryce:

KmB, Pro-People Youth is celebrating our 12th Year Anniversary on Andrés Bonifacio’s birthday, November 30th!
Join us at SIPA (SIPA, 3200 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026) as we celebrate with games, our annual Year in Review video, solidarity statements from allied organizations, and musical and spoken word performances by ForWord, Kymistry, Tripz, & Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun. You do not want to miss the festivities!
RSVP on facebook

manilaryce:

KmB, Pro-People Youth is celebrating our 12th Year Anniversary on Andrés Bonifacio’s birthday, November 30th!

Join us at SIPA (SIPA, 3200 W. Temple St. Los Angeles, CA 90026) as we celebrate with games, our annual Year in Review video, solidarity statements from allied organizations, and musical and spoken word performances by ForWord, Kymistry, Tripz, & Andrew Figueroa Chiang and the Blazing Rays of the Sun. You do not want to miss the festivities!

RSVP on facebook

[ Posted on 11.22.11 / 11 notes ]
Tags:   #forword    #forword spoken word    #forword news    #forword collective    #forword feature    #solidarity    #kmb    #andres bonifacio

Heartstorms: Written and Directed by Lady Basco

FEATURE IN AN ORIGINAL THEATER PRODUCTION TOMORROW!

Heartstorms
Sunday, November 20th
8 PM - 11 PM
The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center
4305 Degnan Ave #101
Los Angeles, CA

  • Created by Lady Basco and Tara Malia, they have invited the Speak Easy family to share their stories once more in an innovative production illustrating how an open mic on a Monday night can evoke the human connection in all of us. 

Mark Maza and Susan Diep of forWord will be performing alongside the Speak Easy Family! This is a free event! Please come and let’s create a community!

[ Posted on 11.19.11 ]

Memories: What’s in a Name?

Today is our forWord anniversary!

[Our first picture as a group.]

In celebration of the day we decided to form a collective, it feels only right to reminisce when we were nameless. A year ago today, we were not forWord; just four friends who loved spoken word poetry and wanted to contine writing together post-Uncultivated Rabbits at UC Irvine. Like most groups, we went through a brainstorming process. We were at Steph’s and my apartment in Anaheim and I still remember how we threw ideas back and forth in the living room. We even had a white board to record some of the ideas.

Let’s go through some of the names: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We thought of other alumni groups, like Kaba Modern Legacy, so logically we thought of something like Uncultivated Rabbits… Legacy. Other names we suggested include: Word Factory, Spitfire, Snap, The Daily Grind, Four/4 Sight/Recite, The Workshop, Training Wheels, Freudian Slip, Purebred, Progress, Soapbox, and Small Talk. One name we liked, but just became a running joke with us was Standing Ovation with its own tagline, “You better!” You can thank Mark for that one.

[The very first time we visited Speak Easy.]

Unbeknownst to most people, we actually went by another name for an entire week. We were known as “Blindspot Poets” with the tagline, “You didn’t see it coming,” which was also conjured by Mark. Clearly we were aiming for a name that not only defined us, but also had a catchy phrase attached to it. Fun times! But I ultimately was the only one who didn’t embrace this name with open arms; more or less, I just gave my right hand. It wasn’t enough. I figured that I would sleep on it and maybe it would grow on me. That never happened.

[Respect the studio! Taken during a recording session.]

At the next meeting, I asked if we could have another brainstorming session. I hoped to myself beforehand that I would not get kicked out, and luckily I am still here. So it was back to the drawing board. For some time, I have had the dream to facilitate a writing program for the youth and subsequently entitle the program, “UpWord.” I liked the name so much that I thought I would give it a try to see if the others would like it. Obviously, there was a play on words with going “upwards” and staying “up” with “words,” but ironically this idea didn’t fly.

So we continued to go over past names. At this point, we pretty much exhausted our creative drive to think of new ones. We were ultimately going in circles. Then suddenly, Susan said, “How about forword because there are ‘four’ of us?” It was like a match was lit up inside all of us. Simultaneously, Steph, Mark, Susan, and I all pitched in different ways “forword" could apply to us, such as "foreword" to imply that this is the beginning of something new, "forward" to imply that we are making progress, "for" the "word" because we write for the love of spoken word, and "four-word" because there are four of us. Clearly, we were all drawn to this name. But so as to not repeat the falling out of "Blindspot Poets," we all slept on "forword" for a week to see if it would grow on us… and like some dreams, it eventually became a reality.

[Outside Paradise Perks, the venue where we made our debut as forWord.]

Before we even knew it, we became forword! Actually how we became forWord with a lower-cased “f” and a capitalized “W,” we’ll save that story for another time!

- Eddy M. Gana Jr.

[ Posted on 11.15.11 / 5 notes ]
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