Corners of the Mouth


Corners of the Mouth was founded in 1984 by Karl Kempton and Kevin Patrick Sullivan. Karl came up with the name Corners of the Mouth after consulting the I CHING. Karl found the 27 th hexagram corners of the mouth which talks about the mouth as not only a place to nourish the body but a place to nourish the community the body lives in with breath/words. How perfect for a poetry reading series. Karl left after the second year and eventually Kevin changed Corners from a local's only series to a series that features some of California's best poets local or not. For over fifteen years the format has been to feature an out of town poet  with a local poet  - open reading to follow.

Corners of the Mouth is a monthly reading series of featured and open poetry readings held on the third Sunday of the month at Linnaea's Cafe since 1984. Linnaea's Cafe is located at 1110 Garden Street in San Luis Obispo, Ca. Readings start at 7:00 pm. This is a FREE event. For further information please email Kevin at or call (805) 547-1318.


Schedule of Events 2014 - 20145

All Events at 7:00pm
Linnaea’s Café, 1110 Garden St. San Luis Obispo, Ca.

October 15th

Leslie St. John from SLO
Don Wallis from SLO

November 16th

31th Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
Featured Readers

Jon Vienberg from Fresno
Paula C. Lowe from Arroyo Grande
Christopher Buckley from Santa Barbara

Open Reading/Closure Party

December 21st

Memorial Reading

January 18th

Mark Evans from Ventura
James Cushing from San Luis Obispo


February 15th

Denz Ray Falcon-Powell Junyor from SLO
Phoebe MacAdams from Pasadena
Joe Amaral from Arroyo Grande


March 15th

Karl Kempton from Halycon
Phil Taggart from Ventura


April 19th

Paul Fericano from San Francisco
Kevin Clark from SLO



May 17th:

Linda Camplese of SLO
David Kann & his Cal Poly's Poetry Writing Class


June 21st:

Clifton Sinder from Long Beach
Benny Biesek from SLO


July 19th::

Coco deCasscza from SLO
Sarah Thursday from Long Beach
Jackson Wheeler from Oxnard


August 16th


Jacl e Lorts from Fossil, OR
Marvin Sosna from Morro Bay
Lynne Bronstein from LA


 September 20th
National Beat Poetry Festival Event

Leslie St. John from SLO
Kevin Patrick Sullivan from SLO
Lisa Coffman from Los Osos
Michael C. Ford from LA



October 18th


Lance Lee from Santa Monica
David Kann's Beginning Poetry Writing Class
From Cal Poly, SLO








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