Last Print Issue Featured H.E.R.

H.E.R. formerly known as Gabi Wilson on the cover of the last print issue of L&BH.
H.E.R. formerly known as Gabi Wilson on the cover of the last print issue of L&BH.

By far our most famous member of the Listen & Be Heard community in Vallejo, CA is Gabi Wilson, a Vallejo native now known as H.E.R.. We first became acquainted with her, at the age of eight, as an already published poet who came to our open mics and participated in our poetry marathons.

Vallejo is known for some musical greats, like Sly Stone and John Lee Hooker. Alvon was a regular feature at the cafe. We had live music every week and featured many interesting musicians and singers in different genres and generations. Someone else who got a start at Listen & Be Heard Poetry Cafe was Jessica Ryan, now based in Oregon and celebrating the release of the first Jess Ryan Band Album. She is pictured in a page from the last issue below, participating in an open mic, along with a feature about Bay Area poet Reginald Lockett and a participant in the youth poetry night.

Alvon and Tia Carroll, both appeared several times at L&BH Poetry Cafe.
The article in the last print issue before Gabi’s first gig ever as a feature with a band, at L&BH Poetry Cafe.

Please participate. Say something about this and be heard.

  • to belong
    i know i go i flow i see i free i me part of whole a soul
  • Shame Game
    he covers her cage with his rage, takes her song, tells her she’s wrong, weak, shouldn’t speak. she waits long for dawn.
  • Good morning
  • Children in the Caribbean and Tribes in New York
    Martha Cinader speaks with Opal Palmer Adisa in Jamaica, author of Pretty Like Jamaica, published by Caribbean Reads. Martha also speaks with author Chavisa Woods, Executive Director of A Gathering of the Tribes in New York City. Tony Robles reads poetry from Issue 16 of A Gathering of the Tribes Magazine.
  • good morning
    one little muscovy
  • he chose me
    fresh with still-wet hair spit on my pubescent idea of fair, a wad on my head to add to my dread that he might lash out about a girl as wrong as a protest song
  • Pretty Like Jamaica, a Story Especially for Caribbean Children
    We talked about how the role of provider has changed in Jamaica, gender violence, Jamaican National language and English in the schools, choosing to live in Jamaica, and her plans for at least ten more children's books...
  • what is tomorrow?
    what is tomorrow? does memory make me? can it break me? am i what was said? was i led to dread? what’s in my head?
  • Review: A Gathering of the Tribes–The Black Lives Matter Issue
    Memory is honored, the names of those slain by police held up in a light of poetry, the fire of strength raging from our streets to the page...
  • Warehouse
    A poem by Tony Robles
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