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 2013 - 2014

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

October 20th

Patrica Barone from Minosota
Dian Sousa from Los Osos

November 17th

30th Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
Selected Reader
 Mikl Paul
Featured Readers
 Robert Krut from Santa Monica
Paula C. Lowe from Arroyo Grande

Open Reading/Closure Party

December 15th

David Kann

January 19th

Paul Willis from Santa Barbara
Don Wallis from San Luis Obispo


February 16th



March 16th

Enid Osborn from Santa Barbara
Stuart Presley from Santa Margarita


April 20th

Diana Raab from Santa Barbara

M C Ford from Los Angeles

Celeste Goyer from Cambria


May 18th:

Ronald Aden Alexander from Santa Barbara
Nixson Borah from Atascadero


June 15th:

An evening with the Litzine
FALLING STAR - editor Matt McGee from LA
Brenda  Petrakos from LA
Jeanie Greensfelder from Morro Bay


July 20th::


Ray Clark Dickson 
The First Poet Laureate (1999) of the City of San Luis Obispo, Ca.
Celebrating his 95th birthday


August 17th


Viola Weinberg from Kenwood
Kevin Patrick Sullivan from SLO


 September 21st

Dane F Baylis from Ventura
David Kann from SLO
James Cushing from SLO



October 19th


Sylvia Alcon from Avila Beach
Don Wallis from SLO








last update October 15, 2007 9:45 a.m.

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