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 2016 - 2017

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

Oct. 16th

Catherine Abbey Hedges
Laure -Anne Bosselaar


November 20th

33nd Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
Featured Readers
Sarah Maclay
Holaday Mason
Marguerite Costigan SLO County Poet Laureate

Open Reading/Closure Party

December 18th

Memorial Reading
For 3 SLO County Poets Laureate who passed this year:
Jane Elsdon
Hernan Castellano-Giron
Ray Clark Dickson

January 15th

Marguerite Costigan Past (2015 - 16) Poet Laureate for SLO County
Jeanie Greensfelder Current (2017 - 18)  Poet Laureate OF SLO County


February 19st

Darius Degher from San Deigo
Pamela Davis from Santa Barbara
Paula C Lowe from Arroyo Grande


March 19th

Michael C. Ford from LA

Michael Hannon from Los Osos


April 16th




May 21ST:

Kevin Patrick Sullivan
David Kann's Beginning Poetry Writing Class 


June 18th:


July 16th::

Kevin Patrick Sullivan from SLO


August 20th



 September 17th

Paul Willis from Santa Barbara



October 15th









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

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