Anthem Salgado is an artist, writer, and actor born in Quezon City, Philippines, raised in Nyack, New York, and is now a longtime resident of San Francisco, California. Salgado’s words appear on landmark Filipino poetry CD Infliptration and he has opened for such acts as the legendary Last Poets. He’s published a chapbook and CD under the title Knuckle Up Butterfly and a live concert compilation CD called Real Time. Salgado writes and performs his own theater works which have been presented by Hybrid Project, Kearny Street Workshop, and Kularts. Most recently, Anthem appeared in an interdisciplinary poetry/performance project called Sons, Young Pilipino Men Speak. He has presented in various spaces throughout the Bay Area including Asian Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Dance Mission Theater, La Pena Cultural Center, The Women’s Building, and San Francisco Public Library. Presently, he is writing a series of prose inspired by his coming of age experiences in upstate New York.
An active member to various communities, Anthem Salgado has given arts and literary presentations and workshops in places throughout San Francisco [Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, University of San Francisco, San Franciso State University, Longfellow Elementary]; Daly City, CA [Westmoor High School]; Sacramento, CA [Youth Expressions]; and Cibicue, AZ [Cibicue School].
In 2005, Anthem Salgado held the role of Festival Coordinator for the San Francisco run of Hip Hop Theater Festival, a New York based organization presenting the cutting edge of theater's newest genre. Presently, he is a promoter for True Skool, a Bay Area company dedicated to preserving the legacy of hip hop and funk, and he is also the Program Manager for Kulintang Arts, popularly known as Kularts, an organization expanding the understanding of American Pilipino culture through the arts.
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Siamese Fighting Fish
Why don’t you walk through the landscape as a man
in the brown neighborhood wearing a tan and a new
cut when the homeboys ask - What
set you belong to? Who yo’ crew, who yo’ click,
who you roll wit’? Is you a gangsta’?
Answer the question. Do it fast!
What they really mean to ask is –
Are you the enemy?
Why else then would you resemble me?
And my DNA say – Hey!
Get the fuck outta here, man, don’t you remember me!?