Garland Thompson Jr.

by bcole

Garland ThompsonGarland is a poet, actor, playwright, producer, director, filmmaker, educator, and former morning radio host (KRML AM). He is the 2012 recipient of the Arts Council for Monterey County’s Luminary award, as well as being the 2007- 08 Pacific Grove, California Poet Laureate. He’s co-founder, producer, and host of the Rubber Chicken Poetry Slam & Open Mic in Monterey, running weekly on Wednesday nights, and now in it’s eleventh year at the East Village Coffee Lounge. As an actor he’s been seen doing Shakespeare at Pacific Repertory Theatre (Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Henry IV & V, Richard II), at the Magic Circle Theatre, as well as The Forest Theatre Guild, the Cherry Center for the Arts and the MPC Studio Theatre. He’s also been a featured poet at the Austin International Poetry Festival (TX), the Howl Festival (NYC), the Latino Poets Tour (UK/Scotland), and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA. Plus, he’s the author of a one-man show “Swingin’ from the Vine: Tales of the Jazzbo Blu,” a collection of poems titled “Hey Garland, I Dig Your Tweed Suit,” and is the Monterey County coordinator of Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition for high school students.

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