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The Wrightwood Poetry Slam is now part of the annual Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival, held Saturday, May 20, 2023. Rattle is a co-host of the festival. As part of the slam, twelve poets are invited to attended a workshop each year with a well-known slam poet, and then compete in the slam that evening. Admission to both is free to those selected, but nothing else is provided—attendees make their own travel arrangements. 

This year's featured performer is former Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo. He'll teach performance during a 2.5 hour workshop and then perform a set between rounds of the slam at 7pm.

Born and raised in the barrio of East Dallas, Joaquin strives to capture the duality of the Chicano culture. He's been called "one of the most dynamic and passionate performance poets in the country, melding equal parts comedy, poetry, and dramatic monologue into a crowd-pleasing display of verbal fireworks." Joaquin was a National Poetry Slam Finalist, a Grand Slam Spoken Word Champion, and HBO Def Poet, and has shared the stage with Billy Collins, Saul Williams, Alicia Keys, and Maya Angelou, among many others. 

Twelve of the poets who apply will be chosen based on poetic merit and a sense of their personal interest. 

The festival is held annually in the idyllic mountain town of Wrightwood (population 5,000), a mile high in the Angeles National Forest, 90 minutes from Los Angeles and two hours from San Diego. For more on the arts and town, visit wrightwoodarts.com

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