Poetry & Art April 7, Gelato Poetry Series & Kimberly Dark book release party

Thanks to all who came out last month to Poetry & Art at SDAI.

viet at mic

The 2018 San Diego Poetry Annual is now in print and available on Amazon.  For readings and event info, visit the San Diego Poetry Annual.

Don’t miss the next P&A during National Poetry Month, April 7:


On Saturday, April 7, San Diego Writer’s, Ink and Poetry & Art Series 2018, hosted by Jim Moreno and Michael Klam, present Cultures Connect in San Diego, featuring authors Francisco Bustos, Sharon Elise, Angela Narciso Torres, Viet Mai, Alexis Ng, Pilar Rodríguez Aranda, and Ted Washington. DJ Barry Thomas will provide music and sound throughout the show.

This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, non-members $6 at the door.  The event takes place at the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.


Francisco Bustos lives in San Diego, is professor of English Composition at Southwestern Community College (Chula Vista, CA,) where he is a coordinator for the literary series “SWC Guest Writer Series.” Forms part of the poetry/music group Frontera Drum Fusion where he plays guitar, bass, indigenous percussions, digital music and performs bilingual poetry in English and Spanish, with some Spanglish, and Ingleñol.


Sharon Elise, Professor and Department Chair of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos conducts research and teaches on critical race and gender issues. She brings her sociological insight to poetry and poetics to sociology.


Angela Narciso Torres’s poetry collection, Blood Orange, won the Willow Books Literature Award. Recent work appears in Nimrod, Spoon River Poetry Review, Jet Fuel Review, and Water~Stone Review. A graduate of Warren Wilson’s MFA Program and Harvard Graduate School of Education, Angela has received fellowships from Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Illinois Arts Council and Ragdale Foundation. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Manila, she serves as a poetry editor for RHINO and a reader for New England Review. She currently resides in Southern California.


Viet Mai is an educator and performance poet.  He was born in San Diego and graduated with a math degree from UCSD.  Last year he earned a spot on the San Diego Slam Team, and the group won the 2017 National Poetry Slam.  In 2015, he received a Special Commendation by the City of San Diego Race and Human Relations Commission.

viet mai

Alexis Ng is 14 years old and an 8th grade student at Santa Fe Christian Schools.  Alexis previously played the cello and the piano, placing as a Winner in the 2011 Southern California Junior Bach Festival and 2011 MTAC San Diego Sonata Competition.  She has performed at various functions, including the 2011 Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego Benefit Gala, 2011 Annual Awards Gala of the Columbia University Alumni Club (San Diego branch), and 2012 Target Free Second Sunday Concert at the Orange County Museum of Art.  Currently she is on a debate team, but her passion is poetry. She has had one poem published in a poetry compilation and another short opinion piece published in the LA Times.

Pilar Rodríguez Aranda is a writer, award-winning video artist, and translator. She has published her creative writing and translations in dozens of magazines and anthologies in the American and European continents, and has been translated into English, Arabic, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and German. She recently published a new poetry collection, in a bilingual format, “Una familia más,” or “One More Family,” available online.


Ted Washington is an artist, author, poet and reluctant businessman. He now lives in San Diego, after spending time as an apprentice draftsman for a beer brewery in St. Louis, an Internal Revenue Service employee in Springfield, MO, a retail sales representative in Denver, CO, and temporarily homeless vagabond turned baker on the beaches of Venice, CA. Ted is the founder of Puna Press and the performance group Pruitt Igoe. Pruitt Igoe was awarded a Synergy Foundation grant and performed in Harlem, New York City. Ted Washington won the BRAND 37 purchase award, with the Glendale Library acquiring one of his artworks for their permanent collection.


DJ Barry Thomas provides music and sound throughout the night.


Please contact host Michael Klam with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (SDAI) or mkklam@gmail.com.  Visit us online at poetryandartsd.com and sandiego-art.org.
Support and sponsorship by San Diego Entertainment & Arts GuildThe San Diego Poetry AnnualPuna PressSan Diego Writers, InkPoetry InternationalSan Diego Art Institute, and Jihmye Poetry.

Gelato Poetry Series:


7 p.m. March 9​, Gelato Vero Caffe, 3753 India Street, followed by an open mic. Celebrate Women’s History Month with Shannon Linzer and Monica Garg.

Shannon is a San Diego poet whose work focuses on queer identity and intersectionality. She holds an A.B. in Comparative Literature and is active in the San Diego spoken word community. Her work has been published in Spit Journal.

Monica loves birds, ducks in particular, and words. If she were able to date words, “discombobulated” would be her first choice, as long as it is vegetarian and loves to dance. She is from Romania and is a Buddhist. She has been a teacher all her life, yet this year she has embarked on a new journey. She is going back to school to study sonography. She is married and madly in love with her son.

For the open mic, bring work on the theme or surprise us with something else. Coming up April 13: Michael Klam, Lisa Ratnavira and Andy Palasciano. Join Gelato Poetry Series: meetup.com/Gelato-Poetry.

Puna Press and Palabra:

Puna Press presents the Love and Errors by Kimberly Dark release party. Joining Kimberly in this performance is Jimmy Jazz, Sharon Elise, Michael Klam, and Lizzie Wann, who will read from Love and Errors and share some of their own work as well. Info: ted@punapress.comAge limit: 21+. When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Whistle Stop Bar, 2236 Fern St., San Diego, 92104. Get directions, Cost: Free.

Poet Artist Ted Washington hosts Palabra, a reading at La Bodega in Barrio Logan, 2196 Logan Ave., every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m.  The next event is on March 22, with the featured reader to be announced.



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