Bio

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Poet Yvonne de la Vega was born and raised in Los Angeles and her work embodies the very spirit of the city.   Yvonne has recorded spoken word with numerous great names in the music and recording industry, including tracks produced by Ray Manzarek of The Doors, She features on “Jump Street” with Herb Alpert, (A&M Records) a Spoken Word and hip hop single  that showcases her poetry with Alpert’s music.   Yvonne’s  writing has been widely anthologized in a number of literary journals and collections, and her first invitation to become published was Pearl Number 14 – Fall/Winter 1991, where she appears with Charles Bukowsi.  In the Hollywood Review, she appears with Hubert Selby Jr., Michael C Ford, and Michael Lally and other notable L.A. writers. She appears on Malcolm McClaren’s “Round The Outside, Round The Outside” album (Virgin Records), with a poem by Garcia Lorca, and also appeared on several spoken word recordings for New Alliance Records where her recording peers consist of Amiri Baraka, Michael McClure, Wanda Coleman and others.    

 

Her voice is one of social consciousness, compassion and humor, and she often hails the beauty she finds in most every aspect of life, be it in the backyard of a suburban neighborhood, the winding roads of Mulholland Highway or in the eyes of a homeless person heralding prophesies from the corner of Hollywood and Highland.  Her own past includes the loss of her family at a very young age which she claims was crucial, stating that,”Poets are given a very heavy dose of life experience in order to fulfill their life’s purpose, which is to transpose their tragedies or circumstances using the spoken and written word to reach others, those in need of a similar healing.”   de la Vega’s first book of poetry and prose, “Tomorrow, Yvonne – Poetry & Prose for Suicidal Egotists”  is available at Amazon Yvonne maintained a column as the Los Angeles Poetry Examiner for Examiner.com. She can be heard hosting BTR’s WordBeat”  with co-host John Barrymore a poetry and music radio podcast and Featured show on BlogTalk Radio.