The Mexi-Asian Perspective: A Latino’s Guide to All Things Latin, Asian, or Both
by David A. Romero
Many vie for the title of hardest working poet (or poets) in Los Angeles. Many claim the title of hardest working poet (or poets) in Los Angeles. Every year sees the rise and fall of new venues and new, hungry artists making the rounds to fill them with their passion and drive.
For the past two years, for anyone with both functioning eyes and ears, the answer to which poets were dominating LA with their omnipresence was obvious: forWord.
This four member Asian Pacific American poetry collective could be seen from Hollywood to the Inland Empire, from Long Beach to Downtown Los Angeles and everywhere inbetween. Never before had a collective so effortlessly maintained features with open mic performances, group pieces with solo readings; managing to do all of it while loved by everyone they came across.
forWord members Eddy Gana Jr., Stephanie Sajor, Mark Maza and Susan Diep kicked off this year by performing at the 27th Annual Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference at their UC Irvine.
I had the pleasure of meeting up with forWord after the conference and witnessing their fun group dynamic in action. We had a chance to discuss their newest release, the chapbook Feel What We’re Saying.
How and when did you four poets decide to form the poetry super group forWord?
FEATURE IN AN ORIGINAL THEATER PRODUCTION TOMORROW!
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!