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Jim Moreno is currently initiating a poetry workshop afterschool program at the UPAKA Center (Urban Performing Arts & Creative Arts Center) in La Mesa, California entitled "Bullets Outta Guns". Jim believes that when adults provide afterschool art or sports programs and 10 children show up, 20 bullets are removed from guns: 10 bullets from police revolvers and 10 more from gang guns.


The free workshops meet Tuesdays from 4-5:30 p.m. at the UPACA Center (Urban Performing Arts and Creative Arts Center) at 6875 El Cajon Blvd.

Future guest poets include Gilllsotu, Michael Klam, Jerrica Escoto, Jihmye Collis, Philly Phil, Matt Diaz, Tomas Gayton, and more.


Participants in this hands on workshop will enjoy a structure of three parts: Jim Moreno's teaching shared at times with a guest poet from hip hop, music,or the local poetry scene, writing an original poem, and reading the poem. Student poems will be published online at


Join Jim Moreno for a full force writing, microphone skills, and poetry performance workshop on such subjects as peace, racism, injustice, and oppression. Participants are invited to “ resonate with the legacy of Langston Hughes as you write in community nd share your art with workshop participants.” Hughes has been described as a Harlem Renaissance poet.

Moreno is a member of San Diego's Langston Hughes Poetry Circle and a past board member of the African American Writers & Artists. He teaches poetry workshops for gang youth in lockups, children in afterschool programs, and adults who are beginning or practiced poets.

He has been published in City Works, The Langston Hughes Poetry Anthology, The Magee Park Poets Anthology, the poetry conspiracy, Tidepools, and others. He performs with The Three Deuces, a jazz trumpet, dance, and spoken word ensemble with Mitch Manker and Michael Tompkins. He was the director of the Encanto Boys and Girls Club Children's Poetry Choir from September of 2004 to June of 2009.

For more information, call (760) 802-2449

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