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Poetry & Art Series :

Poetry & Art Series 2014 on Friday, April 25 – People’s Choice Poem Performance Award (Cash Prizes) with host Michael Klam and DJ Gill Sotu.  This social, fun, lyrical and interactive arts and culture experience takes place in the Museum of the Living Artist, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park and is open to the public.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for snacks and music, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, $5 at the door or bring wine or snacks to share and get in free. This event is co-sponsored by Poetry International.


The People’s Choice Poem Performance Award – All participants read/perform one poem under three minutes long. Audience members choose their favorite poem based on content and performance. Props, artwork, singing, music, dancing, 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 can get their names in the hat ahead of time at or sign in on the night of the show.  For National Poetry Month all performers who sign up will get a chance at the microphone and at winning The People’s Choice Poem Performance Award.


DJ Gill Sotu will provide music throughout the event. Gill has opened for Grammy-nominated legend Sheila E, and partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony.  He has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. Gill has been featured on NBC 7's Art Pulse TV and was named the 2012 & 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year.


Poetry International is an annual literary journal published by SDSU with Ilya Kaminsky as editor-in-chief.


There will be goodies and wine as always. Bring beverages or snacks/desserts/dishes to share and get in free. Please contact host, Michael Klam, with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (museum).

The Poetry & Art Series (established in the summer of 2001) in the Museum of the Living Artist is itself both a unique show and a unique venue. Poets and audiences gather in the museum to witness a live collaboration between writers and visual artists.

Poetry & Art gives regional artists an opportunity to express themselves in a variety of forms and styles. Audiences hear poetry and prose in dialogue with painting, photography, sculpture, music and dance. Any featured guests serve not only as entertainment but also as inspiration for developing artists. The free speech event reveals the diversity and importance of the region’s artists.

Poetry & Art Series since 2001 --Poetry & Art takes place in the 10,000-square-foot San Diego Art Institute at Balboa Park and includes music and snacks. The event is open to the public and audience members can participate or simply enjoy the show. Cost is $5. Open mic signups start at 6:30 p.m., and the event runs 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (Bring wine to share and get in free.)

For press photos, to set up interviews or more information, contact Michael Klam, (619) 957-3264 cell, (619) 236-0011 office or


General Information

The San Diego Art Institute’s Museum of the Living Artist features a new exhibition of works by talented Southern California regional artists every four to six weeks in this specially designed 10,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art gallery space. The San Diego Art Institute is dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts through outreach, education and exhibition. The institute’s mission is to maintain a center for emerging artists and the visual arts in San Diego.  


Poetry International is an annual literary journal published by SDSU with Ilya Kaminsky as editor-in-chief.


San Diego Writers, Ink is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers classes, groups, workshops, readings and other literary events at The Ink Spot and other locations throughout San Diego County.  SDWI publishes A Year In Ink, an annual anthology of poetry and prose by regional authors.




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