Poet Poet Sean Hill is one of five poets being showcased at The West Hollywood Gateway, for Poetry Month 2022. Located at 7100 Santa Monica Boulevard, The Gateway continues to support poets each year on the main digital billboard at the courtyard.
“Shout out to the fellow poets on that billboard spreading the joy of poetry to engage everyday people: hard working and powerful poets: @yesikastarr @mikethepoetla @missyfuego and the one and only @stevenreigns. Please pass by it and take a photo with myself at LEAST! If not, the other poets if you know them, and THEN write a poem this POETRY MONTH! ✍️🏾📝🎉”
Sean Hill will be having an ongoing writing workshop and hangout at the Gateway today, Tuesday, April 26th, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and two other days to have a big group photo with as many people as possible (check his Instagram account @letsbendreality for date changes).
WeHo Times will feature all five poets during National Poetry Month 2022:
Name: Sean Hill
Pronouns: He/Him/That Guy
Poetic works: I Write: Words And Voices, 2020, the Year That Changed America, Voices of Animal Liberation, Revolutionary Poets Brigade Los Angeles, Men’s Heartbreak Anthology & Men/Women’s Heartbreak Anthology, San Gabriel Valley Poetry Festival Chapbook
How many years in Los Angeles?: 38 years! (LA native)
What can you tell us about the excerpt on the billboard?
It was from my signature poem “Optimisitic Incisions” and people always would repeat it back to me or greet me with that line and it stood out for alot of people as a mantra or affirmation to make this world into what we want it to be and not just what we have accepted it to be. I knew it was a special line when friends would repeat it with me during my live performances.
Does the West Hollywood Gateway or WEHO have significance for you?:
Besides now, the test of my ego, it’s a place where I once participated in one of THE MOST VIRAL WEDDING PROPOSAL FLASHMOBS EVER! For my friends Justin Baldoni (Director, actor from the Golden Globe winning “Jane the Virgin” series and podcast Man Enough) and Emily Baldoni (Actress, Entrepreneur, Co-founder of @WeAreAmma), a group of maybe 20 or 30 of us actually all met there and learned a dance routine that was part of an entire short film that Justin made in an elaborate video proposal to Emily which had her laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. It was unbearably sweet! Good times!
When and how did poetry find you?
Middle school, “rap poetry” with my brother David (Self empowering young adult fiction series author, “I Wasn’t Born a Teacher”) and the way we would share our poems sounded like raps. And in high school I first got encouraged and learned more approaches to poetry in high school at Palisades High by Mr. Klima and then was taught by wonderful teachers in college the universality and global reach of poetry by authors like Dorothy Barresi (What We Did While We Made More Guns) and Leilani Hall (Swimming the Witch). Much love to every open mic spot, but my first two main consistent loves I went to were Da Poetry Lounge and Soapbox! And the first time I remember crying cathartically writing out poetry was about a first love… it really gave me closure I didn’t get from the way the relationship ended and I really understood the healing power poetry can access through our imagination. Truly wonderful.
What has been a big poetry career moment?
When I was asked to do a TEDx Hollywood performance of poetry to get the crowd uplifted and warmed up, but then kindly proposed to also expand my time for a small TEDx talk about the use of poetry as a visionary tool to help you manifest the things you’re seeking in life. Utilizing poetry in a way that you speak your truth, own your truth, and discover all the joy within yourself in creating a poem about your ideal life, traits, and goals being accomplished so you can truly envision it like an “inner cinematic visionboard.” It was a profound & humbling experience working with memBrain as they had organized TEDx talks before, I truly stepped up my entire existence to be able to stay focused and deliver that day. I remember someone telling me they cried in the crowd and some were reinspired to write poetry again when they had not written for years, a really present crowd they were.
What has teaching writing meant to you?
I always feel like after a certain number of years of sharing art professionally, there always comes a humbling realization that we shouldn’t be part of the few that can create poetry. Everyone can do it and everyone can heal and benefit from it but not everyone thinks they can even start, let alone be “good” at it. So, teaching poetry has been the greatest steps towards world peace through inner peace I knew I could take to truly help people realize they actually do have the answers to a better life and planet within themselves, but it won’t matter unless you can access them. Teaching poetry is my way to help people access true inner peace by finding ways to understand, accept, and then change the parts of oneself they wish to change for the better. Still beautiful regardless.
How can people find out more about you and your workshops?
Feel free to reach me at www.LetsBendReality.com and email me directly or sign-up for my email list and I send out reminders about them. I also give occasional free public workshops on Instagram/Facebook @LetsBendReality. No question is too small and I wish everyone the same JOY I find in writing if not MORE! My favorite quote and writing prompt is, “It’s better to light a candle than to curse the dark” so I hope that inspires you to write, RIGHT NOW! All the best!