Black Poets Matter

A Curated Poetry Reading Series

Centering Black & Multiracial Voices


BLACK POETS MATTER is a curated poetry reading series with the goal of amplifying and centering Black and multiracial voices. Readings will occur over Zoom, with simultaneous broadcast over Facebook live and YouTube every Saturday from 8-9:30PM. Each night will consist of 6 curated poets and one feature poet. Mad Mouth Poetry is graciously sponsored by the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art in Davis, CA.

Meet the Hosts

Ruth is a poet, dancer, paralegal, intersectional feminist, activist, massive fucking stoner, mixed media artist, and sometimes musician. she is a senior at UC Davis where she is in the honors creative writing program doing her thesis on Sylvia Plath.

Ruth Christopher

Cyrus Sepahbodi is an Iranian-American poet. He has many years of experience hosting such poetry readings as Lamplight, Valley Contemporary Poets,  Verity Room, and The Worst Poetry Reading.

Cyrus Sepahbodi

Damieka Thomas is a mixed race student and a Senior at UC Davis studying English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and a minor in Education. 

Damieka Thomas

Arthur Kayzakian is a poet, editor and teacher who lives in California. He was born in Tehran, Iran. He earned his MFA from San Diego State University. He is a contributing editor at Poetry International. His chapbook, My Burning City, was a finalist for the Locked Horn Press Chapbook Prize and Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize.

Arthur Kayzakian

Maya Alexandria is an African and French American who resides in Sacramento. Her family’s history in America begins in New Orleans, where she studied and lived for 3 years. Because of this, her creative work encompasses themes such as the biracial perspective, the South, and her family’s heritage.

Maya Alexandria

Ideas Aubrey is a Youth Educator, Poet, and Spoken Word artist! Ideas open up his heart on stage and let his audience feel better walking out than when they walked in. His energy and positive vibe come from his personal life experiences. Ideas travels around to open mics to spread wisdom from his heart.

Ideas Aubrey