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Student Poetry Slam hosted by Gill Sotu

April 20, 2020

02:00 PM - 03:15 PM

GRIFFIN GATE, Building 60

Daniela Sow , 619-668-1743, daniela.sow@gcccd.edu

Open to all Grossmont College students, poets will battle for the title of Grossmont College Grand SLAM champion with works addressing a range of issues, including social justice, gender, and personal identity. Hosted by writer, musician, dj, and performance poet, Gill Sotu, the competition is limited to ten participants and conducted in two rounds; the six top performers from Round One face off in Round Two.

Teacher and social advocate Gill Sotu is 2006 Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Ventura County and a three-time winner of the Borders Poetry Slam, and has been named 2012 and 2013 San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year. He facilitates poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center, and teaches Shakespeare to inmates in a maximum security prison. Sotu is also a teaching artist with The Old Globe Theatre, as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church in San Diego. Sotu has just finished an Artist In Residency at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Featured on NBC 7's Art Pulse TV, Sotu has partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, and hosted TEDx San Diego in 2017. In 2019, Sotu was featured on KUSI and CBS news for Be About It, a show created/curated/hosted and performed by Sotu, himself; additionally, he was a keynote presenter at the Washington State Creative Forces Summit and opened at the San Diego Writers Festival for Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman. Named Program Director for Intrepid Theatre and Music Director for TEDx San Diego, Gill Sotu has hosted/curated SD Artwalk’s poetry stage and Neo Soul Tuesday’s. His spoken word albums include Neo Nostalgia and Flawed American Male, and others.



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