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Poetry & Art Presents Tomas Gayton, Jim Moreno, Chris Vannoy, Sharon Elise, Ying Wu, People's Choice


  • WHEN Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $5

On Friday, Sept. 22, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents authors Tomas Gayton, Jim Moreno and Chris Vannoy with special guest poets Sharon Elise and Ying Wu. People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances. DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door. Bring a snack or beverage to share and get in free. The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

More information available on our website!

Author Details:
Tomás Gayton was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of African American pioneers. Tomás is a retired civil rights attorney/activist. His poetry has appeared in Poets West, The Seattle Review, Vision Magazine, The San Diego Reader, City Works, African American Review, and The San Diego Poetry Annual. His most recent volume of poetry and prose is Sojourn on the Bohemian Highway, published by Poetic Matrix. His memoir, Long Journey Home, is also available through the Amazon Kindle Store. Other works include: Vientos de Cambio/Winds of Change, Yazoo City Blues, Time of the Poet, Dark Symphony in Duet with the late Sarah Fabio, and Two Races, One Face with John Peterson.

City Heights poet Jim Moreno is a Vietnam veteran against war, racism and violence. He is the author of Dancing In Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007) and two CDs of poetry and music. Jim is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual and teaches at San Diego Writers, Ink, and Arts 4 Learning. He is the coordinator of the ReEvolutionary Poets Brigade and the host of 2nd Tuesday Jihmye Poetry Open Mic at the Cafe Cabaret in Normal Heights.

San Diego poet Chris Vannoy is an editor, teacher, and tireless advocate of words both heard and spoken. He is the originator of the Poet’s Tree featured and open reading series, as well as editor of the Poet’s Tree Press. He has published work in Ghosts of the Beatnik Poets, City Works, The Writing Center, Tokes anthologies, Visions and Step Jazz magazines. Vannoy participated in Quincy Troupe’s Artist’s on the Cutting Edge series in San Diego, Lollapalooza Spoken Word Tent, Border Voices Poetry in the Park and Tearing the Curtain 3. He was one of 25 San Diego Poets featured in the Exploded Views CD and two CDs from the San Diego-based group Wormhole. His recent books published by Baxter Daniels Ink Press are: A Strange Summer (2014), where much of his performance poetry is compiled, and The Rest of It, released earlier this year.

Sharon Elise, Ph.D. joined the faculty of CSUSM as Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Spring of 1994. Her teaching, writing and research center on her interests in critical race studies, Black Studies, Black feminism, Intersectionality, women of color and sociopoetics. Dr. Elise continues to serve as Sociology Department Chair (since Fall 2012).

San Diego poet Ying Wu is the host of the Gelato Poetry series. The Gelato series is about all things poetry, art, politics, and life, meeting every second Friday at Gelato Vero in Old Town. Ying Wu studies neurocognitive mechanisms mediating creativity and insight and hosts San Diego’s Gelato Poetry Series. Her work has been featured in Serving House Journal, Synesthesia Anthology, Blue Heron Review, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and The Poetry Superhighway, and was awarded honorable mention in the Kowit poetry competition.

People’s Choice Details:
Participants in the People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards read/perform one poem under three minutes long. Audience members choose (by secret ballot) their favorite poem based on content and performance. Props, artwork, singing, music, dancing, and all accompaniment is allowed and anything goes. Top poem performances (the poems that receive the most votes) win $50.

Audience members are encouraged to hoot for their favorites and try to influence the rest of the audience. Writers/artists who would like to participate in the People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards can get their names in the hat ahead of time at or text 619-957- 3264. It is a good idea to sign up early by email or text message, as space and time are limited!

Co-sponsor Poetry International is an annual literary journal published by SDSU with Ilya Kaminsky as editor-in-chief. Additional support and sponsorship by San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild and Puna Press.

Contact and Links:
Please contact host Michael Klam with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum). Visit us online at and and SDAI on Facebook.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

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