San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate

I was born in San luis Obispo and rerooted here 14 years ago. I have some fierce plans for the future of poetry in our beautiful County. Therefore, it would be my utmost honor to receive your nomination for SLO County Poet Laureate. This will be a lot of fun and involve a lot of people; anyone who wants to pitch in with some great new hands-on creative projects.

Here is my open letter to the SLO County Arts Council. My work and publications are here. Books here.

I am a passionate and creative writer with a deep love for the Central Coast of California. I have been writing poetry for over 40 years, and my work has been published in both literary journals and online publications. I am also an active member of the local arts community, and I have served as a judge for several poetry competitions.

I believe that the role of the Poet Laureate is to promote poetry and literature in our community. I would use my position to:

  • Host poetry readings and workshops throughout the county.
  • Create a website and social media presence to promote poetry in SLO County.
  • Work with local schools and libraries to develop poetry programs for children and young adults.
  • Mentor aspiring poets.
  • Represent SLO County at poetry events and festivals around the state.

I am committed to using my skills and experience to make poetry accessible to everyone in SLO County. I believe that poetry is a powerful tool for communication, and I am passionate about sharing the joy of poetry with others.

I would be a great SLO County Poet Laureate because I am:

  • A passionate and creative writer
  • Experienced in promoting poetry and literature
  • Committed to making poetry accessible to everyone
  • A strong advocate for the arts

I am confident that I can make a positive impact on the SLO County arts community. It would be my privilege to serve as your Poet Laureate.

Zany Off Broadway Production

 It is NOT what it sounds like. Yes this is a wacky and hugely fun and entertaining rock n roll musical play written by Dick Zigun the former Mayor of Coney Island, yes the man who created the Mermaid Parade and many other fun activities that happen at Coney Island. AVT has a long history with Coney Island and the Film Festival at the Museum Theater and Freak Show Theater inside Coney Island USA.

The play is called Killin Republicans but it's not a vindictive against Republicans. It is a retelling of our country's politics and how some people can be crazy enough to want to assassinate a president. It also talks about our society and basically pokes fun at everything.

It takes place inside an airplane flying from London to NYC but gets rerouted to Washington DC. There's music, a live rock band, plenty of laughs, AND I AM THE CAPTAIN! So, fasten your seatbelts. I'm quite a ham it turns out.

Read the writeup here.


International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival

We took another great award at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival last month. We received the honor of Best Experimental Film!



Bowery Film Festival

Our film DEMISE OF CONEY ISLAND was accepted to the Bowery Film Festival. Every chair is like a lazy boy recliner! Stunned at the opulence of movie theaters these days.