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 2017 - 2018

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

Oct. 21st

Jan Wesley
Paula C Lowe

November 18th


Featured Readers
Ben Lawless
Michael & Tom McLaughlin

New SLO County Poet Laureate


December 17th

Favorite Poem
Read your favorite poem by
Another poet living or dead
No Epics

January 20st

Sarah Grieve
Kevin Clark


February 17th

Florence Weinberger

Celeste Goyer


March 18th


Daniel Thomas
David Kann


April 21st




May 19th:

Perie Longo

David Kann's Beginning Poetry
Writing Class ( Cal Poly)


June 16th:

Francesca Bell

James Cushing


July 21st:



August 18th



 September 15th

Steve Braff



October 20th 










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

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