It's always an event to remember when you hang out with experienced San Diego poets. Of course when Olga Garcia, editor of the bilingual volume of the San Diego Poetry Annual and author of "Dark Matters," and I recently decided to make time to talk about newest events in our busy lives, it was an added bonus to go to a poetry reading, especially readings by the select group of poets chosen for one of San Diego's premiere poetry publications, The San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016 https://sandiegopoetryannual.com/
We try to sit down and hang out at least three times a year. I had completed lesson plans and was almost on the last week of teaching summer school with some pretty awesome, and cool students.
Olga and I headed to Bread and Cie Cafe, had light salads and conversation. When she asked if I would read an English translation of the poem she was going to read, I panicked a little. I haven't been on the poetry scene in a "good minute" as the kids say, due to my teaching schedule. So, we sat at our table and did a read through,practicing right there at the cafe. Olga chose a poem from the annual in Spanish with English translation, "Padre mijo y espiritu" by late poet Teresa Gonzalez-Lee. Our reading was dedicated in memory of the poet's memory.
After our rehearsal and contemplation, Olga and I walked around Hillcrest near the cafe to let dinner digest (and my nervousness settle) before the reading.
Arriving at Bluestocking books, http://www.bluestockingbooks.com/ around 6:30, it was a joy to see quite a few area poets that I already knew. The crowd continued to arrive. Bluestocking books had an overflow crowd. The August 7th event scheduled to start at 7:00 PM was amazing.
And, I have to admit, before the readings began, it was a joy to chat with several artist/poet/friends whom I haven't hung out with for a while. What a wonderful surprise to see activist/teachers Michael Ortega and one of the annual's editors, Jim Moreno. http://www.eventsinusa.net/event-the-muse-the-mayor-san-diego-3006569
Also reading was mentor to many young poets and artists, poet/teacher Chris Vannoy http://sandiegodowntownnews.com/san-diegos-beat-street-poets/
Poet Chris Vannoy
One of the poets selected for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016 is well known international visual artist Anna Zappoli-Jenkins
Artist/poet Anna Zapoli
Bill Harding will be handing over the editor duties to educator Prof. Black--also known to spoken word enthusiasts as "Ant Black":
San Diego Poetry Annual 2015-2016 readings at Blue Stockings Books was an inspirational sharing to remember, a gathering of poets. I feel like I am home again.
Back on stage,
Poets, poetry open mic hosts, graphic artists, musicians, editors,
and if I wanted to have dinner and go to a poetry reading