2018-02/25 The Best of African American Poetry: A Celebration of Black History Month–Poem-Making With Jim Moreno

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018 Time: 2:30pm to 5:30pm Number of sessions: 1 day only Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, Arts District Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, #202-204, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106


If you ever attended Artists on the Cutting Edge: Cross-Fertilization, Quincy Troupe’s amazing poetry-literature-music series of national & international artists at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art you know why San Diego Writers, Ink is happy to announce Jim Moreno’s February class which features the cutting edge of Black poets. After Troupe lost his position as the Poet Laureate of California due to inaccuracy on his application he remained in San Diego to continue to bring world class talent to the artist community. Moreno seeks to duplicate that theme of excellence in this three hour writing workshop for beginning or seasoned poets.

Why did Black author Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale sell three million copies and was on the New York Times bestseller list for many months? Why did poets Tony Morrison and Derek Walcott win the Noble Prize? Quincy Troupe brought these artists to San Diego to recite their poetry magic with a certain understanding: I was not thinking about black musicians or white writers, or whatever. I wanted every evening to reflect the composition of the United States and the world—the people who live in it, who breathe in it, and the artists who play music and write everyday in it. (San Diego CityBeat, March, 2003).

In the current United States zeitgeist, with corporate media promoting so-called news that amplifies hate and ignorance, its important for Jim Moreno to resonate with Quincy Troupe’s performance model in this writing class. Workshop participants will experience two segments that honor Black History Month by echoing the Troupe theme with poets that range from the Harlem Renaissance to local Hip Hop poets. In addition to the above writers Troupe, Langston Hughes, e.e. cummings, Ethridge Knight and others are part of the first 90 minutes along with local Hip Hop poets who have graced the ranks of the San Diego Slam Team, number one in the nation at last year’s nationals. The second 90 minutes include poetry by Sonia Sanchez, Maya Angelou, Staceyann Chin, Nikki Giovanni, women of the Southern California Hip Hop scene, among others. Jim Moreno once said, The opposite of racism is when one culture can inspire another, can heal another. Join Jim in this exercise of cultural cross-fertilization in poetry.

Jim Moreno is a Teaching Artist with San Diego Writers, Ink and on the Program Committee. He is a Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual where he gathers poems for the Juvenile Hall and Native American chapters. He is the co-host, with Theresa F. of 2nd Tuesday Jihmye Poetry – Open Mic at the Cafe Cabaret. Jim will also be hosting Cultures Connect in San Diego at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park, April 7, 2018 at 7:00 P.M., a poetry program featuring six poets from diversity including Pilar R. Aranda, Francisco Bustos, Sharon Elise, Shadap Zeest Hashmi, Viet Mai, & Ted Washington.


PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.