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Wednesday, April 26

11 AM - 1 PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)


student slam poetry competition 

Open to all Grossmont College students, poets will battle for the title of Grossmont College Grand SLAM champion with works addressing issues of social justice. Hosted by visiting writer and performance poet, Gill SOTU. Competition limited to 10-12 participants (names will be drawn from a hat for Round One, and the top 6 will advance to Round Two). 

To all of the dynamic, entertaining, and inspiring slam poets who spoke their truth at this year's slam competition, take a bow!

  • David DeMoss
  • Sarah Farouq
  • Francisca George
  • Jasmine Huerta
  • Ali Majed
  • Jessica Petrokowski
  • Elaine’a Pigg
  • Sergio Salazar
  • Hanna Shepler
  • Katie Wallace
  • Stephanie Westgate 
  • Kenda Willie
And, congratulations to the winners!
3rd Place
2nd Place
Slam Champ


performance poet Gill Sotu
7 - 8:15 PM, Griffin Gate (Bldg. 60)


Performance Poet & Musician

performance & signing / Q & A

Poet, singer/songwriter, MC, dj, artist, event host, Gill 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 and performed for TEDx San Diego in December 2013. 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. Charismatic, Gill quickly garners people’s attention and doesn’t let go until he says “thank you.”

As a teacher and social advocate, Gill 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.


Poets and Writers Inc logo 

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations, and

by WACC, the World Arts and Cultures Committee of Grossmont College

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How To Love Gods and Acrobats

Gill SOTU and Jerrica Escoto

Sotu and Escoto, How To Love Gods and Acrobats (book cover)from the editors

"This is a book about bravery. About heartache. About what it is to be afraid and courageous all at once.  How To Love Gods and Acrobats is an interactive collection of love stories—with twists and turns that land on any fate the reader chooses. So where will your love go?"



Other Spoken Word releases by Gill SOTU


Neo Nostalgia


Flawed American Male

Elephant Heart


Gill Sotu--Two Spoken Word Poems

Two Spoken Word Poems, by Gill Sotu
On-line Works and Media 

Two Poems by Gill Sotu [PDF download, for classroom use only]

YouTube Channel:

"Ordinary Magic." TEDxSanDiego 23 Nov. 2016. (YouTube): 
["In this entertaining spoken word performance Gill Sotu challenges audiences to examine their perspective and recognize the magic in the ordinary, to be in awe of the simple, and to create and be open to the impossible in your life."]



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Last Updated: 04/26/2017
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