Playwright, poet, and performance artist Charles Curtis Blackwell has written plays such as Is, The Color of Mississippi Mud, which was produced in Washington D.C. and Sacramento, and I’m a Boxer, a Love Story. His book The Fiery Response To Love’s Calling was published in 1999, and he has produced three spoken word CDs, one featuring jazz drummer Billy Toliver. Currently a resident of the Bay Area, Blackwell organizes writers’ workshops and community cultural events at the Faithful Fools Agency in the San Francisco Tenderloin.
Founder of the Garage Sale Art Project, poet Vincent Kobelt has been reading and performing his work throughout California since 1990. During the summer Kobelt teaches at the California State Summer School for the Arts (CSSSA/Innerspark), and every third Saturday of the month he hosts “Live at Carol’s,” a reading and performance series featuring California poets at Carol’s Books on Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento. Kobelt has recently authored a CD called The Jive and a poetry anthology titled The Jive’s in the Jug. His poetry performed at the Bistro 33 open mics has made him a crowd favorite.
Charles Curtis Blackwell performed on April 2nd, 2008.