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GILL SOTU Performance Poet & Musician

April 26, 2017

07:00 PM - 08:15 PM

Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)

As part of Grossmont College's Literary Arts Festival, performance poet and musician Gill SOTU will give a performance and signing and a Q&A session 7-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at Griffin Gate, Building 60. 

SOTU was the 2006 Grand Slam Poetry Champion of Ventura County, a three-time winner of the Borders Poetry Slam, and winner of the 2003 CSUCI Student Talent Competition. He recently opened for Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E, partnered and performed with the San Diego Symphony, and has been commissioned to create numerous poetry pieces for the United Way of San Diego. He has been featured on NBC 7's Art Pulse TV and was named San Diego Raw Performing Artist of the Year in, both 2012 and 2013.

In his performances, SOTU engages people to become their truest and most inspired selves and take an active part in their local and global community. He addresses topics such as social justice, racial empowerment, masculinity, and love. Weaving poetry into musical performances and improvisational songs, he is a forceful undercurrent of soulful, comedic, and thought-provoking passion. 

As a teacher and social advocate, Sotu is program director of the Free the Marquee, a non-profit arts/music venue in Golden Hill, San Diego. He has also facilitates poetry workshops within San Diego County’s juvenile detention center, including weekly workshops with local juvenile inmates.

His album, Neo Nostalgia, as well as his chapbook, How to Love Gods and Acrobats, will be available for sale and signing after the performance.

All Literary Arts Festival events are free and open to the public.

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