Poet Yvonne de la Vega was born and raised in Los Angeles and her works embody 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. de la Vega’s writings appear in a number of literary journals and collections. Her first invitation to become published was in 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 just to name a few. She appears on Malcolm McClaren’s “Round The Outside, Round The Outside” album (Virgin Records), with a poem by Garcia Lorca. She has also appeared on several spoken word recordings that producer Harvey Kubernik produced for New Alliance Records, her recording peers consisting 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.
“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.”
She concludes that, like a true shaman (to quote Robert Graves), “poets are born and not made”, relating that if even just one person out of an audience of one hundred came forward to thank her, or her fellow poets for their message, then their work is done.