Spoken Word and Music

This is the web site of poet/lyricist/songwriter/vocalist/spoken word artist/environmentalist/cultural worker/event producer, Kirk Lumpkin.

Kirk’s recent projects include: Positive Voodoo by the Wild Buds (West Coast Mardi Gras Music); Sound Poems, by The Word-Music Continuum Kirk's unique performance ensemble uniting music and spoken word; his original rock songs CD, Moondog Sessions and the latest collection of his poetry, In Deep.


“. . . one of my favorite performers." "You were awesome!!!”
— Avotcja, poet, band leader, and radio host on KPFA & KPOO

“No matter what, he will make sure the sidewalks are shaking before you go home.— Examiner.com

“I'm deeply honored to have your poem for me [Walking in the Woods with a Poet] in a book with so many other wonderful poems. . . . it's such a solid real illumination . . .

— Michael McClure, Beat poet & playwright

“If anyone is a real shaman, Kirk is.”
— Frank Moore, Internet radio & TV host, performance artist

Kirk's Bio

Kirk’s poetry has appeared in many different magazines, anthologies, and online publications. Kirk has performed his poetry and music in festivals, clubs, bookstores, and cafes all around the San Francisco Bay Area and much of Northern California. In 2006 he did a poetry performance mini-tour of the LA area—four readings in six days including one at Beyond Baroque in Venice. In 2006 he also did a mini-reading tour of western Colorado. In 2007 he did two readings in Toronto, Canada and one in New York City at the Bowery Poetry Club. He has also done poetry readings in England and Scotland under the auspices of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).

In 2003, Kirk ended his lengthy stint hosting the Cafe International Friday Night Performance Series (San Francisco Bay Guardian "Best Spoken Word Open Mic"), which he'd been with since 1994. He hosted the spoken word open mic at Burning Man (1997, '98, & '99). He coordinated the
Ecology Center Literary Series 1997-99. As part of his work as the Special Events & Promotions Coordinator for the Berkeley Farmers’ Market (a program of the Ecology Center) he's developed a collaboration with Poetry Flash and Ecocity Builders in presenting the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, hosted annually by former U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Hass. At the beginning of 2005 Kirk joined the Board of PEN Oakland. In 2004 a song he co-wrote was a finalist in the UNISONG International Song Contest and another was an Honorable Mention in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Please check out the Events Calendar page of this website often or email
Kirk@KirkLumpkin to get on Kirk’s email list to receive updates on his performance schedule.