A Sneak Peak at the Next Last Supper Party
with Kimi Sugioka
“Poetry plays an extremely important role… I want to continue to bring culturally rich, diverse, and sometimes politically provocative artistic expression to the community through poetry and music.”
Taking to the stage for the May 7 gathering of The Last Supper Party on May 7 will be poets, James Cagney, and Matt Sedillo along singer-songwriter, Matt Jaffe.
“Their language is deep and rich,” says Kimi of poets Cagney and Sedillo, “Audiences respond strongly to their work. I feel that both of them have so much to offer in their art, their expression, their poetry. They’re really good performers.”
“But there are also contrasts, James writes deeply personal poems that have political intonations,” says Kimi of Cagney, “Whereas Matt Sedillo tends to write more overtly political poems.”
“Poetry has always expressed personal and political freedom,” she says in reference to Sedillo and Cagney. “I think poetry is a lot more powerful than people want to give it credit for.”
“But,” she continues, “We also wanted the series to be accessible. When we discussed the format at a Festival board meeting, there was a strong sense that we should combine the spoken word component with other elements, which is where Matt Jaffe fits into the program.”
Matt Jaffe was recommended to Sugioka her by a fellow poet. The rock musician has a delivery style that she felt he would provide a good counterweight to Cagney and Sedillo. “He also has well developed writing skills” and has co-written lyrics with Tom Higgensen of the Plain White-T’s.” she said.
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Kimi Sugioka is the Poet Laureate of Alameda.