Author Jon Wesick, Artist Perry Vazquez + Nov. Events: Wandering Words, Poetry Karaoke, Year In Ink, Summation 14

I love Jon Wesick! He is a regional editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual. He has published hundreds of poems and stories in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Berkeley Fiction Review, New Verse News, Paterson Literary Review, Pearl, Pirene’s Fountain, Slipstream, Space and Time, and Tales of the Talisman. Jon is the author of the poetry collections Words of Power, Dances of Freedom, A Foreigner Wherever I Go, and The Shaman in the Library as well as several novels and short story collections. His most recent novel is The Prague Deception

Check Jon out here and open The Shaman in the Library cover image below to read reviews by Steve McDonald and Cassandra Atherton:


SDPA 2022-23 is in the editing stages now. SDPA editors are currently reviewing submissions and sending letters to poets who submitted their work for publication.

The extraordinary artwork of artist/professor Perry Vazquez will grace this year’s anthology. Explore Perry’s work here and here and below:



Wednesday, November 9:

Wandering Words @ Monkey Bar, located at Town & Country Resort. Gathering begins at 7:30pm, and readings begin at 8pm. Hosted by Michele Bigley and Team Wandering Words: Michele Bigley, Sara Clemence, Mary Ann Fearing, and Ligaya Malones. Please join for appetizers, discounted drinks, and readings by Michael Klam, executive editor of San Diego Poetry Annual, co-editor of A Year in Ink, Volume 6, an anthology by San Diego Writers, Ink, and host of Central Library’s Conversations with Poets; Elaine Masters, freelance writer covering unsung destinations, sustainable tourism, and soft adventure for Edible San Diego, Matador Network, Roadtrippers Magazine, and more; and Annelise Jolley, freelance writer and essayist focused on travel, food, ecology, and faith for national magazines and literary journals including National Geographic, The Atavist, Hidden Compass, and The Sunday Long Read.

Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13:

As part of the 2022 Fall for Writing Conference, San Diego Writers, Ink is holding the A Year in Ink Through the Years” reading hosted by the amazing Jill G. Hall. The reading will take place IN PERSON in Inspirations Gallery (upstairs in Barracks 16, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd #204, San Diego, CA, 92106) on Saturday, November 12 at 7pm and will include anthology authors from Volumes 1 to 15.

Sunday, November 13:

Poetry Karaoke Is Back! Hosted by Judy Reeves and Steven Montgomery @ the Ink Spot (as part of the Fall for Writing festivities). The fun starts at 3pm. Find all the details above and here.

Saturday, November 26:

Summation 14 book launch, reading, and celebration from 4 until 7pm at the Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery. I’m so honored to be part of Summation! All the details coming soon in a full post here on Poetry & Art San Diego.