In the Palm of Your Heart, Part III:
Gifts From The Activist Pen of Steve Kowit
Poem-Making With Jim Moreno
Sunday, June 25, 2017, 10:00 A.M. To 1:00 P.M.
San Diego Writers, Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., #202, San
Diego, CA 92106 (760) 802-2449
(619) 696-0363 or (760) 802-2449|
2nd Tuesday - Jihmye Poetry
Cafe Cabaret, 3739 Adams Ave., San Diego, 92114
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
7:00 P.M to 8:30 P.M.
Our Feature For June is Olga Gutierrez
Free Open Mic for Spoken Word, Music,
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|Photo by Marian Fowler-Hornsby
Jim Moreno is an
Artist-in-Residence teaching poetry with Arts 4 Learning since 2005. Jim was an original member and coordinator of San Diego's Langston Hughes Poetry Circle and a board member
of the African American Writers & Artists. Moreno was also the director of the Encanto Boys and Girls
Club Children's Poetry Choir and the Language Arts teacher at the All Tribes American Indian Charter School on Rincon Reservation. Since
August of 2005 he has served as the Poet-In-Residence for the Juvenile Court & Community Schools where
he teaches poetry workshops for at-risk youth in lockups and community schools and is currently between contracts. 63
of his students have been published in the Inbetween Places newsletter, a publication for the homeless. Each
of those students were awarded $10.00 for their poetry. 44 of Moreno's students were published in the San Diego Poetry Annual's
2015 edition. 6 of his students have won first place awards in a county-wide Poetry for Peace contest sponsored
by the San Diego Peace Resource Center. Each student was awarded $100.00. Publishing and award monies for his
students have added up to over $1200.00. Another student won first place in a state-wide playwright contest. She
wrote the play in her cell in Juvenile Hall. The award winnng one-act play was performed in a local theater. She
had never seen a play before in her young life.
The 2016-2017 edition of the San Diego Poetry Annual saw 42 of Jim's incarcerated students have 49 poems
published. As the Regional Editor for Native American poetry, Moreno was able to help 14 Indian poets publish 20 poems.
Some of those students were enrolled at the All Tribes American Indian Charter School where Moreno first taught Language
Arts in 2002. Moreno revisited the school and facilitated a poetry workshop for the students.
Mr. Moreno has been a guest poetry teacher at St. Elmo's Village
in Los Angeles, the Heman B. Stark Branch of the California Youth Authority, Los Coyotes Reservation, Chula Vista High School,
Crawford High School, The Grauer School in Encinitas, The Vista Buddhist Temple, Southwestern College, the Magee Park Poets
in Carlsbad, California, the Point Loma Arts Academy, Explorer Charter School, and the CalSAC Statewide Conference. Jim
Moreno has been published in City Works, The Langston Hughes Poetry Anthology, The Magee Park Poets Anthology, the poetry
conspiracy, Tidepools, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and others.
Jim has performed with The
Three Deuces, a three art ensemble with jazz trumpeter Mitch Manker and dancer Michael Tompkins. He authored
Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007). As Jim Hornsby he serves on the advisory
board of the Poetic Medicine Institute. He recently featured with Institute president John Fox at the Encinitas Library.
He is the co-host with painter/poet Jihmye Collins of 2nd Tuesday - Jihmye Poetry, an open mic poetry gathering at
the Cafe Cabaret at 3739 Adams Ave., in Normal Heights. He has read his original verse at poetry venues from
Seattle to Orlando. Moreno is a Regional Editor for the 2014-2015 San Diego Poetry Annual.
Jim won first place at The People's Choice poetry competion at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park reciting his
original poem "Strange Fruit & Other Public Executions" He was competing with 9 other poets.
Moreno states firmly that he is proud to be an adopted member of the Barbareno Chumash tribe. He was adopted by his
brother John Moreno, a Chumash elder, painter, storyteller, and singer in a ceremony in the spring of 1995 in Lomita, California.
His mother, Rosie (Nani) Moreno was a Tohono O'dham, Pima, Mexican, Irish elder who inspired those around her to sing with
Jim's birth mother, Miriam Hess, was a talented story teller, traveler, and musician who
played the piano and organ. Moreno attributes his writing talent to the storytelling talents of his mother and his two
sisters, Barbara and Sheila. "I grew up listening to my mom and my sisters tell great stories during the day, at
meals, and at night. I left home at 18 to begin a life of collecting my own stories. That's what you will find in my
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Small Child: Heart Large
Why is he an angel when I teach him,
And a bloody thorn in his regular classroom?
He's the smallest―tiny
to the larger teens who could squash him
with a glance.
He wrote a poem today about how when he writes
it opens him up, how he feels things differently,
how writing helps him talk.
a second poem about how when he performs
the mic, “profrans” he wrote, he learns things he
didn't know and tells himself, “Don't be shy.”
In his poem he thanks me for showing him
how to write.
I tell his teacher when he's in the small class
he's a positive leader; a force
for trying, for motivation.
But in the
larger class he is Genghis Khan, Attila the Hen,
Sherman, marching to the sea.
Two weeks ago he wrote a poem about being afraid to
make it home when he exits the bus.
Small child, tiny one, your heart is bigger than
Little seed, my how your
writing helps me grow.
Jim Moreno, Winter 2014