Ascendtials Poetry Sessions are a great way to self-express the traumas, macro, and microaggressions we as those in the Black community experience. We use this form of expression to help us heal and vent our frustrations. These sessions are monthly and usually begin in February and run until October. Please check out our past Poetry event with Gill Sotu and friends. If you’d like to partner with us on an upcoming event, complete our get involved form or contact us for more details at We look forward to hearing from you.

Poet Bios

Gill Sotu is a navy veteran, a multi-faceted poet, playwright, musician, DJ, and performing artist.  He is a two-time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, two-time Raw Performing artist of the year, and a three-time TEDx San Diego presenter. Currently, he is a teaching artist and a commissioned playwright with The Old Globe Theatre, a program director and teaching artist with Intrepid Theatre, a CREATIVE DIRECTOR for TEDx San Diego, as well as the Artist In Residence at Makers Church. He has been commissioned to produce original pieces for leading arts and community organizations such as The San Diego Symphony, The Unity Way of San Diego County, Feeding America, SD Fringe Fest, and the San Diego Opera to name a few. 

Anthony Blacksher is the associate publisher of the San Diego Poetry Annual and an associate professor of sociology at San Bernardino Valley College. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University, exploring the histories, representation, and pedagogical use of poetry in hip hop and black popular culture. He continues to write and perform with the performance art collective bkSoul.