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.