Poetry Appreciation Workshop With Tomás Gayton

Poetry Appreciation Workshop With Tomás Gayton

Poetry Appreciation Workshop

Tomás Gayton invites you to join him for a poetry appreciation workshop at the UCSD Craft Center. This workshop will begin on January 11th. This course will provide students with an opportunity to write, read and recite poetry in a creatively stimulating setting. Students will be introduced to a variety of poets and poetry styles, tropes and techniques that will assist them in finding their poetic voice. Each week students can share their verse in a spirit of agape.

8 weeks, Student Center (2nd floor) Room H-220

University of California, San Diego
Crafts Center/Grove Gallery
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0338

(858) 534-2021

For more information: UCSD Crafts Center

About Tomás Gayton

Tomás was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, the grandson of African American pioneers. He began writing verse soon after graduating with a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington. Tomás is a Civil Rights attorney, social activist, world traveler, teacher and lecturer. His poetry is his life in verse.

Vientos de Cambio/Winds of Change, published by Poetic Matrix, is Tomás’ most recent volume of prose and poetry. Others include: Yazoo City Blues, Time of the Poet, Dark Symphony in Duet with the late Sarah Fabio, and Two Races, One Face, with John Peterson. His words appear in various publications and literary journals.

As a member of the Bicentennial Performing Arts Project of Pasadena, Tomás performed his poetry in the Los Angeles area with the poetry ensemble, Long Journey Home. He was featured at the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art (Sherwood Hall), D.G. Wills Bookstore, La Jolla CA. Le Musee D’Art Moderne in Paris, France, the Elliot Bay Book Co. in Seattle, Dizzy’s Jazz club in San Diego, Bukowski’s in Vancover BC the Union Nacional de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC) in Havana, Cuba, Off Moroka in Cape Town South Africa, La Noche in Lima Peru, Bettye’s Galeria, Plaza Toledo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Tomás has read his poetry on KPFK, Pacifica radio, Los Angeles and has performed with Jazz greats Charles McPherson, cousin Clark Gayton and Daniel Jackson. In 2002 Tomás and “Yazoo City Blues” were featured on San Diego Profiles, City Channel 24. He has taught verse writing at the San Diego Writing Center and the Girl’s Rehabilitation Facility in San Diego. He initiated the Poetry Workshop in La Jolla, California at D.G. Wills bookstore and co-founded San Diego Poets’ Press.

Books available at FeeLit

Yazoo City Blues:

“As in court testimony direct evidence of sense physical action fast detail” ~ Allen Ginsberg

“Here is a man who through his activism, his living, his writing focuses on the issues of his time. This is not an easy read if you fear pushing against the walls of this culture.” ~ John Peterson

Shrewd and expansively compassionate observations play a steady drumbeat throughout this author’s prose and poems, echoing a myriad of cultures, cities, and souls as Gayton pursues a relentless global search for personal integrity, both his and those of his subjects. ~ Author Campbell

Winds of Change/Vientos de Cambio:

…Tomás Gayton’s poetry shows his passion for the discovery of nature, love, life, and expecially social justice. ~ S. L. Pedregal

Perhaps the duties of the poet have been the same throughout history… to take part in combat after combat… Poetry is rebellion. ~ Pablo Neruda

Markalan - Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Markalan moved to Pacific Beach in 1994. During his first four years in San Diego, he worked as a photographer for the United States Navy. Over the past decade, he's been behind the bar or turntables in many of San Diego's nightclubs, and venues. He's shared his musical selections with Southern & Baja California, and the Mayan Riviera. During these years, he could be found exchanging his time for vinyl at Groove Records and Siesta Records. 

He often worked for trade, to support his vinyl addiction. He currently owns over 8,000 records. "Listening to my father's albums is when it all began. Flipping through the stacks, cleaning off the LP, placing the needle on the record, reading the lyrics, studying the artwork, and enjoying the rich analog sound. Sure, there are occasional pops & you might have to clean the record. You actually have to flip the record at the end of the side. It's not a play list or program on shuffle. You are present, involved, and engaged in the listening process. 
Please Keep Vinyl Alive & Support Local Artists!" 

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