Jim Trainer, Maleka Fruean & Don Bajema

Moonstone Poetry @ Brandywine Workshop

728 S. Broad Street 

Wednesday December 11, 2013 – 7pm

Jim Trainer is a communicator.  Growing up in the hardcore scene of the early 90’s taught him everything he needed to know about the real work.  Jim Trainer believes in rock and roll.  It may be our only salvation in this dark world.  He’s carried the torch for independent media; broadcasting as one of the early voices of Radio Volta and writing for the Philadelphia IMC’s Wire; appeared as The Reason, broadcasting on WKDU 91.7fm while writing for its Communiqué.  He’s been the driver for several internationally touring metal bands taking him to every state in the Continental U.S.  He’s followed that Americana sound all the way down to Austin, TX where he works as a Singer/Songwriter and contributes to Verbicide Magazine.  If you hear his voice on the air or read his words on the page, Jim Trainer is trying to break down the separation they have built between us.  Jim Trainer believes you can be set free and that communication is the key.

Maleka Fruean is a writer, publicist, and community events coordinator. She has created and organized arts and culture events and programming for Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Greenfest Philly, LAVA, Ladyfest Philly, iMPerFEct Gallery, and Torchlight Collective. Her creative writing has been published in the Molotov Cocktail literary journal, and her journalism has been published in WHYY NewsWorks, Germantown Avenue Parents, Patch, and Elevate Difference (formerly The Feminist Review). Her press/ publicity and outreach work for Big Blue Marble Bookstore has gotten a cover story in the Philadelphia Weekly for the store opening, major articles in the Philadelphia Inquirer, City Paper, and every Northwest Philly newspaper.

Don Bajema, author of Winged Shoes and a Shield, is a novelist, screenwriter, actor and performer, born in St. John’s, New Foundland, Canada. As an actor, Bajema first appeared on stage in the West Coast premiere of Sam Shepard’s “Curse of the Starving Class”. With a lead role “Signal Seven”, Bajema began a long-time collaboration with groundbreaking independent film director Rob Nilsson (Sundance Film Festival Grand Prize winner “Heat and Sunlight” and “Chalk)”. A favorite on the “spoken word circuit”, Bajema has toured extensively in the US, Canada and Europe, performing at hundreds of clubs, theaters and universities. He has shared the spoken word stage with the likes of Hubert Selby, Lydia Lunch, Henry Rollins, and Jim Carroll.

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