Rudy G is a funny poet with John Lennon sunglasses, a love for music, and a person one take poem record. His poetry group, the Mightier P.E.N.S performs all around San Diego. He talks about self disipline (or lack there of) and why writing for an audience can be better than writing for yourself. He also talks about bombing... bad. But his easgoing demeaner allows him to shake off the negative and keep on keeping on with his words. Rudy G is the guy you look for when you're looking for some "street cred" -- alloted to anyone, whether he likes you as a person or not, as long as your stuff is good. From Rudy we learn that humor in poetry is okay, that experimentation on all fronts is okay, and that a coffee with caramel and cream and sugar still counts as coffee.
Joe Limer is one of the five poets selected to compete on the San Diego Slam Team for the NATIONAL POETRY SLAM in August. He’s also the co-founder of Glassless Minds. He’s also a professor of political science at Palomar College. He also went to law school and was (briefly) a lawyer, before he realized winning didn’t always exactly mean winning. Now Joe uses his voice in a different way– namely through spoken word poetry– to bring light to social and political issues. His closing poem is an exclusive first listen, as he just finished writing it before the recording. Though the poem’s title, “An Open Letter from Yoda,” may not be initially indicative of it, the content definitively epitomizes what Joe means when he says, “I’m not just doing poetry for poetry’s sake.” Other topics: the importance of speaking your truth, haikus for extra credit, and how open mics are saving humanity from the overturn of technology. And, since you’re dying to know, because we forgot to ask: His coffee preference? Beer and chicken wings.
To take a free writing workshops with Joe shoot him an email at: Jlimer@palomar.edu
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Poet Leslie Beebe is a part of the San Diego poetry performance group, Mightier Pens. She also has a chapbook out and is currently working on her second entitled The Heartbreak Chronicles. We get real on things like audience connection and broken hearts. The greatest misconception about poetry? That it’s all lala romance and flowers. The best piece of advice? Keep writing. Keep doing it. (Even if you think its garbage.) Leslie puts her emotions on the table with her poetry, which is what it’s all about anyway. She goes to show that you can start at any time and anywhere, as long as you take the step to write it down and get it out there.