FYE Events



San Diego City College

1313 Park Blvd

San Diego California

Friday Dec.6th show begins promptly at 6:00pm

Music support by DJ Jon Beezy

SDCCD Students $8.00

General Admission $10.00 


Interested in Participating?

Can you slam? Is spoken word a passion? Join us. To participate contact Gary Brown  or  call 619 388 3287. Either visit in person San Diego City College campus Room L 206  or send in a video link of yourself performing spoken word  to gabrown@sdccd.eduFirst prize is $100.00 and bragging rights as City College's  2013 Spoken Word Champion. The competition is open to student participants from any College or university in San Diego. Deadline for accepting participants Dec 5th 6:00pm

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.  Cordero 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 4th in the nation at the National Poetry Slam in Boston. Cordero currently is working on her Masters in Creative Writing at SDSU and teaches composition 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 English 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 coeditor 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.