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Poetry & Art

  • San Diego Art Institute 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA, 92101 United States (map)

On Saturday, March 25, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents artist and performer Perry Vasquez and San Diego poet Sunny Rey.  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. 

Perry Vasquez is an American-born interdisciplinary artist. He received his BA degree in Political Science and Studio Art from Stanford University and his MFA in Painting and Criticism from UCSD. His work focuses on the historical, social and cultural structures that underlie the U.S./Mexico border region as well as the evolving relationship between the European-American and indigenous American experiences.

Sunny Rey, badass poet born and raised in San Diego and still killin’ it in North Park. Poet and activist with her first collection, Quotes and Poems by a Nobody published in 2013 with Garden Oak Press.  Her second collection, titled ROT, was published in 2016, also by Garden Oak Press. The collection features 76 poems set out over seven sections and features the art of Clayton Llewelyn on the cover and throughout.

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, 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! 

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.

Please contact host Michael Klam with any questions: 619-957-3264 (cell) or 619-236-0011 (SDAI)

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Earlier Event: March 25
Potluck Mythodologies
Later Event: March 27
SDAI Spring Break Art Camp