The ocean inspires, connects, sustains us. Artists, poets, musicians, surfers… beach-goers the world over share a deep admiration and respect for the sea.
Famed muralist and conservationist Robert Wyland said, “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
Acclaimed author and spoken word artist Sarah Kay wrote, “There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
And recently crowned eight-time world champion surfer Stephanie Gilmore explained, “What I love the most about surfing and the ocean is that it’s my first love. It’s the first thing I can remember being consumed by.” Gilmore said, “As long as I’m still surfing wherever I am, I’ll always be happy.”
Poetry in Ocean: A Celebration of the Sunset, Surf and Sea panel and open reading was born of the same gusto for sun and surf, San Diego style! The evening will start with a panel discussion led by lifelong surfer and executive editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Michael Klam. Panelists are surf journalist Scott Bass, classical pianist/surfer Jeeyoon Kim, poet/visual artist Ted Washington, and lifelong surfer, artist, author and contributing writer at The Surfer’s Journal, Cher Pendarvis.
Open mic follows the panel. All poets and writers of any genre are invited to share their take on the influence and inspiration they draw from the sea. Open mic readers will share one poem (or two short ones) or one piece of short prose each. Writers can sign up on the night of the show or preregister at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the San Diego Central Library will also be hosting a membership drive to support the library. Everyone who stops by their table will get a raffle ticket and be eligible to participate, no purchase necessary. Prizes include a Hank Warner custom surfboard, $100 dinner gift certificates to Bully’s East Prime Bistro Sports Bar (and ball caps and shirts from the restaurant), and assorted swag from Rocky’s Crown Pub.
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