The Best of African American Poetry-National & Local: Celebrate Black History Month Poem-Making with Jim Moreno

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02/18/2018 - 1:00pm
02/18/2018 - 4:00pm

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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.