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National Poetry Slam Champion, G Yamazawa, Performs Spoken Word

National Poetry Slam Champion, G Yamazawa, Performs Spoken Word at Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – Champion spoken word artist G Yamazawa performs at Soka Performing Arts Center’s Black Box Theatre on Friday, November 17, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. Single tickets are $20 for adults; $16 for students, seniors, and active military families. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

 George “G” Masao Yamazawa Jr. is the youngest poet to become a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion. Winner of the 2012 Kollaboration DC talent competition, the Audience Choice Award recipient of the inaugural Kollaboration Star 2012 – The Finale, and the 2013 Kundiman Fellow, Yamazawa has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s third season of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Orange County native, singer/songwriter Krista Marina, will be the opening act for this concert.

Born in Durham, North Carolina, and raised by Japanese immigrants, Yamazawa is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country and has toured more than 200 universities around the world. His poetry has been published in Beltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune, and 27 Views of Durham, and he has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover, and Vice President Joe Biden. An advocate for youth empowerment, Yamazawa also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing and performance workshops for inner-city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization with a focus in political poetry. Yamazawa currently lives in Los Angeles and is working on a full-length LP.

Krista Marina is an alternative-pop singer/songwriter creating music with jazz, blues, and folk influences. In June 2016, Marina released her debut EP, Bittersweet, which she wrote and co-produced. Later that year she released the single “Meant To Be,” a collaboration with producer Arc North.

This event is presented by Soka Performing Arts Center and the Office of Student Activities at Soka University of America, in collaboration with TenPints Entertainment.