About Us

Our Mission
Our mission is to showcase local poets, inform the community of poetry events, and share information on poets and their poetry.


Portia Choi, Founder, Director, Creative Direction

Portia Choi promotes poetry in Kern County. She has written poetry for 35 years. Portia, with other community poets, has organized National Poetry Month – Kern County in April since 2010. She facilitates the First Friday Poetry Open Mic.

Martin Chang, Webmaster, Editorial Director, Adviser  

Martin Chang has several years experience creating websites. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Renegade Rip in 2013. He also has an B.A. degree in Journalism and Public Relations from Chico State. He is interested in poetry in all its forms.  In particular, the lyrics in popular music. His favorite lyricist is Bob Dylan. His favorite music groups are Nirvana, Tegan and Sara, and The Ramones.




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