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National Poetry Month, Cultures Connect At San Diego Art Institute


  • WHEN Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, San Diego
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  • AGES All ages
  • COST Free - $6

On Friday, April 12, Poetry & Art Series 2019 at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) presents Cultures Connect, a reading by renowned authors Kimberly Dark, Malachi Black, Jennifer Minniti-Shippey, Mario DeMatteo, minerva, Shadab Zeest Hashmi, and Gerardo Navarro, a.k.a. Nemónico. People’s Choice open mic follows. Hosted by Michael Klam and Jim Moreno. DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. Cultures Connect is a collaboration between San Diego Writers, Ink; SDAI; P&A; and Jim Moreno.

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, nonmembers $6 at the door. The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Please visit P&A at, SDAI at, Jim Moreno, SDWI or call 619-957-3264 for details.

Show/People’s Choice Details

The People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards – Participants 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 will be 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!

Contact And Links

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

Support and sponsorship by San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild, The San Diego Poetry Annual, Puna Press, San Diego Writers, Ink, Poetry International, San Diego Art Institute and Jihmye Poetry.

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. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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