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!

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.

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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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