12 episodes

Real-life stories & interviews – laced with original poetry & music – produced by the creative team at Street Poets Inc. – a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization transforming our world one rhyme at a time. ••••••• Born in an L.A. County juvenile detention camp in 1995, Street Poets works behind bars and beyond, from inner-city high school classrooms to Native American reservations, from local streets and projects to countries as far away as Belize, Sweden, Northern Ireland and South Africa. Whether reciting from our "Poetry in Motion" van, rapping in our recording studio, or singing in a sweat lodge, we create in the knowledge that we carry the seeds of solutions to our world's most intractable problems within us. Our mission is to liberate those solutions, that medicine, our gifts – so that we all can experience together what it feels like to be free. ••••••• For more on Street Poets visit streetpoetsinc.com, or follow us on Instagram: @streetpoetsinc @streetpoetspodcast #metaphorsbewithyou

Street Poets Podcast Street Poets Inc.

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    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

Real-life stories & interviews – laced with original poetry & music – produced by the creative team at Street Poets Inc. – a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization transforming our world one rhyme at a time. ••••••• Born in an L.A. County juvenile detention camp in 1995, Street Poets works behind bars and beyond, from inner-city high school classrooms to Native American reservations, from local streets and projects to countries as far away as Belize, Sweden, Northern Ireland and South Africa. Whether reciting from our "Poetry in Motion" van, rapping in our recording studio, or singing in a sweat lodge, we create in the knowledge that we carry the seeds of solutions to our world's most intractable problems within us. Our mission is to liberate those solutions, that medicine, our gifts – so that we all can experience together what it feels like to be free. ••••••• For more on Street Poets visit streetpoetsinc.com, or follow us on Instagram: @streetpoetsinc @streetpoetspodcast #metaphorsbewithyou

    OF POETRY & PRAYER: The Barbara Fant Story

    OF POETRY & PRAYER: The Barbara Fant Story

    This episode illuminates the inspiring origin story of Street Poets' Artistic Director, poet/author and Minister of Metaphor, Barbara Fant.  Since her early days growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, Barbara has followed her calling – the transformational practice of poetry – through hardship and healing, darkness and light, to the cafe open-mics of Columbus to West Africa to our City of Angels and beyond.  Barbara's journey is a celebration of the power of the Word.  It's a real-life story of faith and resilience and the kind of hard-earned wisdom so desperately needed in our world today. 

    This STREET POETS PODCAST episode
    "OF POETRY & PRAYER: The Barbara Fant Story"
    is a production of Street Poets Inc. (streetpoetsinc.com)
    • Hosted by Art Quiros
    • Produced by Chris Henrikson
    • Edited by Art Quiros
    • Original Poems by Barbara Fant featured herein include: "LONG LINE," "HANDFULS OF HONEY," "HOUSE OF DUST" and "WHEN HEALING HAS HER WAY." 
    • Additional drumming/music ("Sofa" rhythm) performed by Rhythm Arts Alliance
    • Street Poets "I Got Love" Podcast Theme Music features:
    Vocals by BRIA & Taylor Code, Music by Dave Wittman

    For more information about Barbara's work, or to purchase her latest collection of poetry "MOUTHS OF GARDEN," we invite you to visit: barbarafant.com

    For more information about Street Poets' youth outreach programs in the streets, schools and probation facilities of Los Angeles and beyond: streetpoetsinc.com   

    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!  

    • 29 min
    "THE BURNING RIVER" (Bonus Story Episode)

    "THE BURNING RIVER" (Bonus Story Episode)

    "THE BURNING RIVER," an origin story for aspiring adults, was written and conceived as a narrative prayer for transformation & peace.  Inspired by the many traditional stories and songs from around the world that have helped us to remember who we are, and are becoming, here at Street Poets, "The Burning River" is a fresh fable fed by ancient roots.  We hope, as you listen, you'll find some thread of your own story, and of our greater human story, within it. 

    A big THANK YOU to mythologist/storyteller MICHAEL MEADE of Mosaic Multicultural Foundation for the inspiration, and elder MIGUEL RIVERA for teaching us the song in the story, a traditional Mayan song for releasing grief, first gifted to him by the late great poet HUMBERTO AK’ABAL and the Maya K’iché people of Guatemala.

    This BONUS EPISODE of the STREET POETS PODCAST is hosted by ART QUIROS. 
    and features ORIGINAL MUSIC by RAFAEL BEJARANO.
    "THE BURNING RIVER" was WRITTEN & READ by CHRIS HENRIKSON
    with SOUND DESIGN by KEVIN WOODS.
    Street Poets Podcast THEME SONG "I Got Love" features VOCALS by BRIA and TAYLOR CODE, with MUSIC by DAVE WITTMAN.

    We invite you to subscribe to the STREET POETS PODCAST on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your inspiration, and to learn more about Street Poets’ programs within and beyond Los Angeles at streetpoetsinc.com.

    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!

    • 14 min
    TRUE NATURE: The David Sanchez Story

    TRUE NATURE: The David Sanchez Story

    In this inspiring episode, veteran Street Poet David Sanchez remembers his epic journey from the streets of South Central L.A. to the confines of Central Juvenile Hall to the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and California backcountry to the organic gardens that have become both his passion and his vocation.  As the founder of SEED & SOL ORGANIC GARDENING, David stands today as a living testament to the transformational power of poetry and the natural world.  We hope his story serves to remind you of your own true nature.

    This STREET POETS PODCAST episode
    "TRUE NATURE: The David Sanchez Story"
    is a production of Street Poets Inc. (streetpoetsinc.com)
    • Hosted by Art Quiros
    • Produced by Chris Henrikson
    • Editing & Sound Design by Art Quiros
    • Interview with David Sanchez
    • Original Poetry & Music by David Sanchez: this episode features original poems and songs including but not limited to: "Where was God?" "Home (Where I'm From)," "If You Knew Me," "Grains of Hope," "Little Man," "Running" and "American Me."  All of these tracks and more are available on Street Poets Inc. albums via SoundCloud and Bandcamp.
    • Street Poets "I Got Love" Podcast Theme Music features:
    Vocals by BRIA & Taylor Code, Music by Dave Wittman

    For more information about David Sanchez's organic gardening work in the Los Angeles area, follow SEED AND SOL on Instagram.

    For more information about Street Poets' youth outreach programs in the streets, schools and probation facilities of Los Angeles and beyond: streetpoetsinc.com   

    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!  

    • 34 min
    IMMIGRANT SONG: The Chee Malabar Story

    IMMIGRANT SONG: The Chee Malabar Story

    In this insightful, music-infused origin story, rapper and current Street Poets board member Chirag Menon a.k.a. CHEE MALABAR breaks down his journey from India to inner-city America at the age of 12, and the role that hip-hop played in his healing, political awakening and evolution as a man.  Today, Chee serves as a principal in the well-respected DEI consulting firm, THIRD SETTLEMENTS, while continuing to make music that inspires change and challenges the status quo.

    This STREET POETS PODCAST episode 
    "IMMIGRANT SONG: The Chee Malabar Story"
    is a production of Street Poets Inc. (streetpoetsinc.com)
    • Hosted by Art Quiros
    • Produced by Chris Henrikson
    • Edited by Art Quiros
    • Interview with Chirag Menon (a.k.a. Chee Malabar) 
    • ORIGINAL MUSIC by CHEE MALABAR
    This episode includes the following original music featuring lyrics and vocals by Chee Malabar: "Postcards from Paradise" (instrumental: Soulful MPs), "Feral Child" (instrumental: Harry Dixon), "Cold Water Awakening" (instrumental: Scott Kuzner), "Oblique Brown"  "Hafez's Tomb," "Masamune," "Henry" (instrumentals: Harry Dixon). Check out these tracks and other original music by CHEE MALABAR available for download via Bandcamp @cheemalabar.bandcamp.com and Apple Music. 
    This episode also includes excerpts from Street Poets Inc. tracks "Sanskrit" (featuring Pranidhi Varshney), and "Lost Sons" and "American Me" featuring Chee Malabar, and "The Holy" (poem by Chee Malabar), available for download with all Street Poets music @streetpoets.bandcamp.com and at Street Poets Inc. via Soundcloud.
    • Additional Background Music by Kevin Woods
    • Street Poets "I Got Love" Podcast Theme Music features:
    Vocals by BRIA & Taylor Code, Music by Dave Wittman

    For more information about Chirag Menon's DEI consulting work: thirdsettlements.com

    For more information about Street Poets' youth outreach programs in the streets, schools and probation facilities of Los Angeles and beyond: streetpoetsinc.com   

    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!  

    • 40 min
    SISTERS IN RHYME

    SISTERS IN RHYME

    Street Poets has been blessed to have many powerful female leaders, healers, writers and teaching artists steward our creative community forward over the past 25 years.  Inspired by the saying "each one, teach one," SISTERS IN RHYME amplifies the original poetry, music and wisdom of three of Street Poets' most gifted co-creators, past and present: spoken-word artist/poet and former Program Director MAYDA DEL VALLE, poet/rapper/DJ/producer/dancer/filmmaker and current program coordinator JAYNESE "JAY" POOLE,  and poet/singer/rapper/producer/teaching assistant and self-proclaimed "poetry geek" AIYANA DA'BRIEL.  Infused with original poetry and music, this episode is a celebration of sisterhood and the creative process.

    This STREET POETS PODCAST episode 
    "SISTERS IN RHYME"
    is a production of Street Poets Inc. (streetpoetsinc.com)
    • Featuring Jaynese "Jay" Poole, Aiyana Da'Briel & Mayda Del Valle
    • Hosted & Edited by Art Quiros
    • Produced by Chris Henrikson
    • Street Poets "I Got Love" Podcast Theme Music features:
    Vocals by BRIA & Taylor Code, Music by Dave Wittman
    • "Wild Village" poem by Jaynese "Jay" Poole
    • "Unprotected" verse written & rapped by Jaynese "Jay" Poole
    • "Complacent" Vocals & Music by Aiyana Da'Briel
    • "Dinosaurs in the Hood" Excerpt from poem by Danez Smith (see YouTube to hear Danez perform the poem in its entirety)
    • "Making My Way Home" poem by Aiyana Da'Briel
    • Additional Music by Art Quiros
    • Special Thanks: Jake Falby & New Math
    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!

    • 24 min
    FIRESIDE with Luis J. Rodriguez

    FIRESIDE with Luis J. Rodriguez

    If Street Poets had a Hall of Fame, LUIS J. RODRIGUEZ would be one of the very first writers our community would choose to honor with enshrinement.  Luis is the former Poet Laureate of Los Angeles and the acclaimed author of 16 books, including the best-selling memoir "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.," known anecdotally as the most stolen book in Los Angeles Public Library history.   In this first installment in our "Fireside" series of conversations with elders, poets and artists who have inspired us,  we steal Luis himself for a  soulful, enlightening conversation infused with indigenous wisdom, poetic medicine, and a true elder's perspective on our rapidly changing world.   Enjoy!

    This STREET POETS PODCAST episode 
    "FIRESIDE with Luis J. Rodriguez"
    is a production of Street Poets Inc. (streetpoetsinc.com)
    • Hosted & Edited by Art Quiros
    • Produced by Chris Henrikson
    • Additional Mixing by Jake Falby
    • Street Poets "I Got Love" Podcast Theme Music features:
    Vocals by Taylor Code & BRIA, Music by Dave Wittman
    • Additional Music by Art Quiros
    • Special Thanks: New Math

    For more information about Luis J. Rodriguez, his writing and his work in the world, visit: luisjrodriguez.com or subscribe to THE HUMMINGBIRD CRICKET HOUR Podcast he hosts with his wife Trini Rodriguez.

    For more information about TIA CHUCHA'S CENTRO CULTURAL, the community-based organization, bookstore and cultural center Luis helped to found, visit: tiachucha.org

    For more information about JAIL GUITAR DOORS, the non-profit organization on which Luis currently serves as a board member, visit: jailguitardoors.org

    For more information about STREET POETS' youth outreach programs in the streets, schools and probation facilities of Los Angeles and beyond: streetpoetsinc.com 

    All three organizations are proud members of the Los Angeles-based ARTS FOR HEALING & JUSTICE NETWORK.  To learn more, visit: ahjnetwork.org

    METAPHORS BE WITH YOU!

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

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52 Ratings

evie cb ,

Great listen!!

10/10 podcast! Great for an inspiring audio. Pairs perfect with a long drive, early morning walk, or hike.

NatalieEM22 ,

Truly compelling storytelling!

Such a rare thing on this platform!! This podcast makes me cry on the regular!

heartroot ,

Mind-blowing Medicine for the Heart & Soul

Soulful survival stories from a society and a world profoundly out of balance. Alternately heartbreaking and inspiring, Season One of the Street Poets Podcast illumines the resilient roots of a future we can all believe in - and celebrates the kind of open-hearted courage and determination that might just make that future possible. If you open your ears to these true stories, your heart is guaranteed to grow, and your mind might just get blown in the process.

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