From Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop: A Celebration of Black History Month
Poem-Making With Jim Moreno
19, 2017, 1:30 P.M. To 4:30 P.M.
San Diego Writers, Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #202, San Diego,
CA 92106 (760) 802-2449
Course Description: From Harlem Renaissance to Hip Hop:
A Celebration of Black History Month
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Moreno counts his 8 years with the Langston Hughes Poetry Circle (LHPC) at Malcolm X Library as some of the most meaningful
literary times of his life. As the result of that visibility he was able to know local poets the likes of Eusi and Tchaiko
Kwayana, Jihmye Collins, Sharon Elise, RegE Gaines, Ant Black, Rudy Francisco, Sylvia Telefaro, Theresa F., Gill Sotu and
The LHPC arranged to bring Amiri Baraka to San Diego twice for readings.
At one of those readings Baraka, Troupe, and Theresa F shared the podium for a thunderous social justice/existential reading.
“Being around those incredible poets made me a better writer.”, Jim exclaimed.
The poetry and lives of June Jordan, Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, Troupe, Baraka and others are prompts
in this three hour heart, blues and soul honoring of our Black brothers and sisters. “It's Black History Month and
we have leadership in this country proposing limitations on our freedoms that are precedented by policies from the times of
slavery, e.g., the children of slaves who were sent off on errands without a pass could be intercepted by slave patrols and
beaten because they didn't have documentation. That inhuman brutality motivated Nat Turner to lead a revolt in Virginia
in 1831. We writers reject brutal racism and oppression with our pens.”, reflected Moreno, the great grandson of an
immigrant who welcomes immigrants and refugees to America.
last hour of this poetry writing workshop honors the cutting edge truth, creativity, and brilliance of Hip Hop. Videos of
local Hip Hop poets Jerrica Escoto, Black, Francisco, and national stars Gina Loring, Daniel Beatty, and Asia Samson will
round out the class to influence and inspire original poems in beginning and seasoned writers. "One culture healing
another is the opposite of racism and the polar opposite of ignorance and hate. One genre, one generation, can influence
& inspire another by inviting the writer to stretch and grow. A younger generation can help an older generation out of
a rut and into a groove. That's what Hip Hop does for me", commented Moreno.
If you are looking for a critique group don't sign up for this exercise in creative poetry writing in a safe environment.
This workshop is designed to be a path to find and amplify voice in the young and the seasoned poet in a Container of safety
and respect. Check your ego's at the door. Only hearts of compassion, respect, and searching for personal truth while at
ease in diversity will be comfortable here.
Moreno is the author of Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism, (Dolphin
Calling Press, 2007) and two cd's of music and poetry. He is a Teaching
Artist and on the Program Committee with San Diego Writers, Ink. Jim has studied with Steve Kowit,
RegE Gaines, D.J. Watson, Willie Perdomo, Judy
Reeves, John Fox, and G. Lynne Nelson. Moreno is on the Advisory Board of the Poetic Medicine Institute in Palo Alto, California. He
is a Regional Editor with
the San Diego Poetry Annual and a Teaching Artist with Arts 4 Learning. You can hear
his interviews on Poets Corner
with KNSJ, 89.1 FM and KNSJ.org on
weekday mornings at 11:00 A.M. Jim hosts 2nd Tuesday-Jihmye Poetry at the Cafe Cabaret, an open mic for spoken word. Contact him at