For the fourth consecutive year, San Luis Obispo poets Kevin Patrick Sullivan and Youssef Alaoui have organized an inspired gathering of poetry, art, and music — 100 Thousand Poets & Musicians for Change — to take place on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. at SLO Museum of Art, 1010 Broad St. Guests to this year’s event will be pleasantly surprised to see luminary SLO poets joined by Shadowlands, a SLO musical group. Local songwriter Allison Rice will perform; she is described as having a strong, soulful voice accompanied by jazz riffs on acoustic guitar.
In addition, Karl Kempton will display his visual poetry and read his work.
This year, the San Luis Obispo area featured poets are Celeste Goyer, curator of the Wise Owl poetry series; Paul Lobo Portugues, publisher at Word Palace Press and lecturer at University of California Santa Barbara; Dian Sousa; Linda Camplese, who straddles two continents; Marguerite Costigan, future SLO Poet Laureate; and James Cushing, Cal Poly lecturer.
Donations will be collected for the San Luis Obispo County Food Bank Coalition.
The event is free and open to the public
About 100 Thousand Poets/Musicians/Artists for Change:
The first order of change is for poets, writers, musicians, artists, activists to get together to create and perform, educate and demonstrate, simultaneously, with other communities around the world. This will change how people see their local community and the global community.
For more information, go to www.100tpc.org.
About the organizers:
Kevin Patrick Sullivan
Originally from Dearborn Heights, Mich., Sullivan settled on the Central Coast in 1975. In 1982, he self-published his first chapbook of poems and stepped out into the world of poetry. He is the author of several chapbooks including his new release “Under Such Brilliance,” from Word Palace Press and two full length collections, “First Sight” and “The Space Between Things.”
Youssef Alaoui Fdili
Fdili is the author of two books; “The Blue Demon,” a tale of the macabre set on a merchant ship on the high seas in the 19th Century, and “Death at Sea,” a collection of poems of despair and longing also set in the 19th Century. They represent two volumes in his three-volume set of macabre 19th Century sea writings, to be followed up by a small tome of short stories. He is also the founder of Paper Press, a small publishing project based in both SLO and Oakland.