FYE Events



San Diego City College

1313 Park Blvd

San Diego California

Friday Oct.16th at 6:00pm

Event Location

AH Quad upper level (outside)

Interested in Participating?

Can you slam? Is spoken word a passion?

Join us. To participate contact Debora Rodriguez  or call 619 388 3287. Send  a video link of yourself performing spoken word  to drodrigu@sdccd.edu .  First prize is $100.00 and bragging rights as City College's  2015 Spoken Word Champion. The competition is open to student participants from any College or university in San Diego. Deadline for accepting participants September 30th

slam rules

There are 3 rounds to this competition. In round one each poet will have A MAXIMUM of 3 minutes to perform one original poem.

The judges will then decide on the top 5 poets who will then move on  to round 2

In round 2 each poet again will have A  MAXIMUM  of 3 minutes to perform another original poem. At the end of that round,
the judges will decide on the top 3 poets who will then move on round 3, the final round.

In round 3 each poet again will have A MAXIMUM of 3 minutes to perform another original poem. At the end of that round,
the judges will decide on the winner.

Performers are not allowed props, costumes, or musical accompaniment. Each poem will be scored by our panel of judges who are outstanding professional poets in their own right.

HOst & Judges' profile

 HOST: Karla Coedero
Born and raised in Caleixco, Ca, Karla Cordero seeks to empower and inspire audiences with her words.  Karla is the 2012 FYE Poetry Slam  Slam Champion. As the first female Hispanic to make the San Diego Slam team, she helped the team place 4 th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Boston. She currently is working on her Masters in Creative Writing at SDSU and teaches compositio n writing to college freshman. Cordero has been awarded the Dr. Minas Savvas Endowed Fellowship; her poetry has been published in The California Journal of Women Writers. 


Sherwin Ginez is a Culinary Arts/Culinary Management major at Mesa College. He’s been performing poetry since 2009 and in 2013 he became the winner of the FYE Poetry Slam. Sherwin helps manage the Glassless Minds Open Mic. He likes Ethiopian food, playing racquetball, the guitar, and the number 3.

Ella DeCastro Baron  is a first generation Filipina American born in Oakland and raised in Vallejo, California. With a BA in En glish Literature from UC Berkeley, Ella moved to San Diego to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. She is a full-time wife and mother of three little ones, a part-time English and Creative Writing instructor at San Diego City College and Brandman University, and an ‘other’-times published writer in publications such as Fiction International, Sunshine Noir, Lavanderia, Mamas and Papas, CityWorks Literary Journal and co-editor of the anthology, Hunger and Thirst. She hopes to continue being a witness to her ethnic upbringing, her faith, her interracial family, and how it may or may not fit together. Itchy, Brown Girl Seeks Employment  was a finalist for the San Diego Book Awards and is her first book.

Robin Grayson was born and raised in Fresno, California. Being greatly influenced by the late Tupac Shakur, he began writing down his personal thoughts as an outlet, at the age of fifteen. At eighteen while attending San Jose State, Robin transformed his personal thoughts into a form of poetry. In 2007 he began to perform his work live at various open mics and events throughout Fresno.  Robin has gone on to publish a book of his poems, titled "Collective Thoughts," while also releasing an album, "The Robin Grayson Project: Now or Never," which is available on iTunes and Amazon. To better illustrate his poetry Robin has also come out with two music videos alongside his first album. He is currently working on his sophomore album which is due to release by the end of 2012.  Robin is now a proud father of two, and uses his children as his motivation. "My children are everything to me. To be able to love, nurture, and provide for them as a man is the greatest feeling in the world! They truly motivate me to continue to do what I do!" says Robin.

Dj_Breezy Jon Brown, known as “DJ Breezy,” is a turntable extraordinaire, music editor and mixer who shares his talents all over the San Diego area and beyond. For the last 3 years Jon has committed himself to City College by donating his time and sharing his love of music with our students.