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February 3, 2015 (San Diego)--San Diego's Mission Trails Regional Park announces a three-day Kumeyaay Lakes Poetry Campout  in February with Poet Jim Moreno--complete with love-themed workshops for romantics at heart.

The Valentines Day Weekend (Feb. 13-15) will blend writing time for beginning to seasoned poets in four structured writing workshops. Star gazing with the San Diego Astronomy Association, a guided nature walk, and a Saturday sunset open mic for camping poets and community at the Kumeyaay Lake amphitheater will be blended with Valentine theme poetry events.

The family-friendly event will be held at Kumeyaay Lake Campground,Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego, CA, 92119, for 12 participants (ages 10 years old to adult) on Friday, February 13, Saturday, February 14, and Sunday, February 15, 2014, with check-in time Friday, February 13, 2015 at 5 p.m.  The fee is $100 plus camping fees. Sign up at

Imagine participants being able to camp with the Nature poems of Walt Whitman, Robinson Jeffers, Diane Ackerman, Jorge Luis Borges, Native American Joy Harjo, and others. In addition,  the love verses of Noble Prize winner Pablo Neruda,  Jane Hirshfield, Osip Madelstam, and Dorianne Laux, among others, will inspire Valentine's writing.

Weekend poets will hear poems by various poets such as Mary Oliver,  Antonio Machado,  Sandra Cisneros,  Li Young Lee, and Jim Moreno as prompts in four structured workshops:  Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.  In the Sunday A.M. Poetry Workshop, poets will make Native American Dreamcatchers and then compose poems about catching your dreams.

Jim Moreno is on the Advisory Board of the Poetic Medicine Institute of Palo Alto, California and a Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He is a Teaching Artist with Young Audiences of San Diego and the Point Loma Arts Academy.  Jim was the Resident Poet for the Juvenile Court & Community Schools and was an original member of the Langston Hughes Poetry Circle.  Moreno is the author of “Dancing In Dissent”, (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007) and two cd's of music and poetry.  He hosts “2nd Tuesday— Jihmye Poetry” at the Cafe Cabaret on Adams Ave., and is in post production for his radio show “The San Diego Poetry Cafe”  to be aired on  KNSJ, 89.1 FM &  Moreno was adopted by the Barbareno Chumash tribe in 1995.  His writing has been heavily influenced by his Brother John Moreno, a member of the California Indian Storytellers Association.


Information:  (619) 668- 2748 or 760 802-2449,

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