G Yamazawa is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, Team Backpack Finalist, and Kundiman Fellow. Born and raised in Durham, NC, G has toured over 150 universities both domestic and internationally, including featured performances at the Sundance Film Festival, Bonnaroo Music Festival, TV One’s Verses and Flow, and the Pentagon. His work has been featured on NBC, ABC, NPR, PBS, and Huffington Post, and he was nominated for Best New Hip Hop Artist by the 2016 Carolina Music Awards.”
“G” has toured in over 50 American cities and 5 European countries. Winner of Kollaboration DC 2012, Audience Choice Award, Recipient of the Inaugural Kollaboration Star and, 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. An 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.