G Yamazawa Bio
Born in Durham, NC and raised by Japanese immigrants, George Masao Yamazawa, Jr. is widely considered one of the top young spoken word artists in the country. “G” is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, and Southern Fried Champion, and has toured 150 universities including Princeton, University of Guam, and NYU-Abu Dhabi. He is a Team Backpack Mission Underground Top 12 Finalist, and nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist by the 2016 Carolina Music Awards. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and 2013 Kundiman Fellow, G has been featured at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s Season 3 of Verses and Flow, the Pentagon, and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. His poetry has been published in Beltway Quarterly, Asian Fortune Magazine, and 27 Views of Durham,and has shared stages with Sonia Sanchez, Michelle Kwan, Danny Glover, and VP Joe Biden. Co-founder of North Carolina’s pioneer youth poetry organization Sacrificial Poetsand advocate for youth empowerment, G also has extensive experience as a teaching artist facilitating writing/performance workshops for inner city youth in the Washington, DC public school system through Split This Rock, a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a focus in political poetry. G lives in Los Angeles.
G Yamazawa Links
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