Events

Sunday, November 20:

SDPA reading and tribute to Seretta Martin from 5-7 pm at Inspirations Gallery • Liberty Station Barracks 16, Suite 204. Here are the details from from Judy Reeves:

From 5-7 pm at Inspirations Gallery • Liberty Station Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego Writers, Ink and the San Diego Poetry Annual invite you to an afternoon of poetry as poets featured in the 2021-22 San Diego Poetry Annual take to the Open Mic to read their poems. The afternoon will also feature a tribute to San Diego poet and long-time and much-loved leader in the San Diego literary community, Seretta Martin. Seretta’s published work comprises poems in many styles and she is especially noted for her gifts of haiku, both the form itself as well as promotion and celebration of the art. We invite participants to celebrate Seretta at the event by creating a haiku in her honor to read along with your poem from the Annual.

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.

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OLDER EVENTS:

Sat., Oct. 8, all day in Coronado: Writers Festival. Come find us! SDPA and Steve Kowit Poetry Prize will be there together. Come say Hi!

Postponement and Rescheduling details here. (Padres beat the Mets to face the Dodgers at Petco Park, Friday. Go Padres!)

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Fri., Oct, 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library in the Shiley: Poetry In Ocean Panel and Open Reading @ Central Library + Drawing to Win Hank Warner Surfboard and more! Details.

The evening starts with nosh and mingling then a panel discussion led by lifelong surfer and executive editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Michael Klam. Panelists are author and lifelong surfer, artist, and contributing writer at The Surfer’s Journal, Cher Pendarvis, surf journalist Scott Bass, classical pianist/surfer Jeeyoon Kim, and poet/visual artist Ted Washington. Open mic follows the panel. All poets and writers of any genre are invited to share their take on the influence and inspiration they draw from the sea. Open mic readers will share one poem (or two short ones) or one piece of short prose each. Writers can sign up on the night of the show or preregister at sdpoetryannual@gmail.com and on the library event registration: Poetry in Ocean: Sunset, Surf and the Sea | San Diego Public Library (librarymarket.com)

The Friends of the San Diego Central Library will also be hosting a membership drive to support the library. Everyone who stops by their table will get a raffle ticket and be eligible to participate, no purchase necessary. Prizes include a Hank Warner custom surfboard, $100 dinner gift certificates to Bully’s East Prime Bistro Sports Bar (and ball caps and shirts from the restaurant), and assorted swag from Rocky’s Crown Pub. Here are the details.

Sat., Oct. 22 from 1:00-4:30 p.m.: Our annual SDPA reading and celebration at the Encinitas Library! Reading will take place in the Community Room. Poets published in SDPA will get first shot at the mic, but all poets are welcome to come and join and read with our community. This reading is hosted by the grooviest host of all the hosts, our beloved Marit Anderson! Writers can sign up there or preregister at sdpoetryannual@gmail.com.

SDPA Cover art by Juan Beaz (front) and Mary Kowit (back)

Saturday, July 23, 2-5 p.m.: San Diego Poetry Annual reading with special guest Jack Webb, founder and director of the Border Voices Poetry Program. Join us at the La Jolla/Riford Library, located at 7555 Draper Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037. Hosted by Seretta Martin, Managing Editor, SDPA. All authors, fans of lit arts, and poets looking to publish are welcome. Come to watch, share, and celebrate. Sign up to read by email at mkklam@gmail.com or text (619) 957-3264. Please indicate in your message whether or not you’ve previously published work in SDPA.

Find all of the episodes here:

Conversations with Poets hosted by Michael Klam and CWP P&A

Poetry & Art – June 14, 2019

On Friday, June 14, Poetry & Art Series 2019 at the San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) presents the 2018-19 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA) reading. The event features author, director and Tony Award-winning playwright reg e gaines, who contributed poetry to this year’s SDPA. Authors published in the 2018-‘19 SDPA and Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual collections are invited to read their work and get free admission for the evening. Authors Judy Reeves, Bill Harding and Jeff Walt will be on hand to share news about SDPA and this year’s upcoming $1,000 Steve Kowit poetry prize. Hosted by Michael Klam. DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. 

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Poetry & Art – April 7, 2018

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On Saturday, April 7, San Diego Writer’s, Ink and Poetry & Art Series 2018, hosted by Jim Moreno and Michael Klam, present Cultures Connect in San Diego, featuring authors Francisco Bustos, Sharon Elise, Angela Narciso Torres, Viet Mai, Alexis Ng, Pilar Rodríguez Aranda, and Ted Washington. DJ Barry Thomas will provide music and sound throughout the show.

This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, non-members $6 at the door.  The event takes place at the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

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Poetry & Art – Nov. 10, 2017

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Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents authors Tomas Gayton, Jim Moreno and Chris Vannoy. People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. DJ Barry Thomas will provide music throughout. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door. Bring a snack or beverage to share and get in free.  The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

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Cheapest Flight to La Bodega – July 27, 2017

Cheapest Flight to La Bodega! Puna Press/Michael Klam book opening at Ted Washington’s Palabra reading in Barrio Logan. Click on the flier to see the press release.

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Poetry & Art – June 23, 2017

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On Friday, June 23, Poetry & Art Series 2017 presents the 2017 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA). Editors and authors published in the anthology read poems from this year’s edition. There will guest appearances by San Diego authors Adam Greenfield and Jimmy Jazz, and Franco Z will perform A Brief History of Jazz. People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances. DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door.  The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park. Bring a libation or snack to share and get in free!

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Poetry & Art – March 25, 2017

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On Saturday, March 25, Poetry & Art presents artist and performer Perry Vasquez and San Diego poet Sunny Rey.  Renowned street artist, Mr. Maxx Moses makes a special guest appearance.  People’s Choice Poem Performance Awards follow featured readings and performances.  DJ Gill Sotu will provide music and sound throughout the show.  This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Members are free, nonmembers $5 at the door.  The event takes place in the San Diego Art Institute, 1439 El Prado, Balboa Park.

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