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June 10, Cafe Cabaret in Normal Heights, hosted by Jim Moreno:  19 contributing poets to the 2013-14 annual, including Sharon Elise, Chris Vannoy, Michael Mark, Lizzie Wann, Joni Mayer, M’Lou Reeves, Dewey Reeves, Diana Griggs, Regional Editors Olga Garcia, Jon Wesick and Seretta Martin.  The evening was broadcast on KNSJ — 89.1 FM and knsj.org.

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The Escondido Municipal Gallery hosted a special reading for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14 on May 4th, hosted by Regional Editor Robt O’Sullivan Schleith (below).  A crowd of 40 showed up to hear exceptional talents, like Sharon Elise (center) and Gordon Johnson read from the new annual.

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Paul Syzmanski May 2014Paul Szymanski (above), a regular contributor to the annual, charmed the audience with his new poem, The Last Rhino Found Shot.

SRO — a full house at the April 17th reading for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14 at the Mission Hills branch library in Hillcrest. Special thanks to librarian Stephen Wheeler, shown watching from the back, and event host Curran Jeffery, shown  introducing poet Karen Stromberg.

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On April 8th, the Friends of the Hervey/Pt Loma Library sponsored a special reading for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14.  50 people attended and 15 contributing poets read their work from the new annual.  The event was hosted by contributing poet Regina Morin.  Pictured below, branch librarian Christina Gonzalez with publisher Bill Harding:

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National Poetry Month kicked off a day earlier at Southwestern College, with a reading from Marca Frontera/Border Mark, as part of the 5th annual Guest Writers Series, created by contributing poet and translator, Professor Francisco J. Bustos. (see post below for details)

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Thanks to the efforts and vision of Professor Francisco J. Bustos of Southwestern College, Marca Frontera/Border Mark, the volume of bilingual poems of the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14, received a grant from the SWC foundation and from Poets & Writers Foundation.  A special reading by contributing poets to the bilingual volume was held on Tuesday, April 8.  Scheduled for 1 to 2 p.m., the reading ran almost an hour longer due to a vibrant Question and Answer period.  Olga Garcia, editor of the bilingual volume, moderated the panel which included eight contributing poets, four of them traveling from Tijuana for the event.

2014 SWCThe reading was part of the 5th annual Guest Writers Series, created by Bustos, who contributes poetry to the bilingual volume and also serves as a translator for it.  He uses the bilingual volume as a textbook in one of his classes.

Garden Oak Press, publisher of the San Diego Poetry Annual, is using the grant to provide free copies of Marca Frontera/Border Mark to contributing poets and translators in addition to donating copies to college, university and public libraries throughout our region.

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new central SD libraryThanks to the efforts of Regional Editor Seretta Martin, the new San Diego Central Library has agreed to sponsor a reading for the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013-14.  The special event will take place Sunday, April 13, from 1 to 3 p.m., in the auditorium.

Street parking is free downtown on Sundays.   The new central library is located at 330 Park Blvd, San Diego, 92101.  The 2012-13 annual and its companion bilingual volume are currently on display as part of the Local Authors Exhibit.

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2013-14 Annual published

The 2013-14 San Diego Poetry Annual was published February 26, 2014.

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  • This year, for the first time, the complete annual is comprised of two volumes:  a volume of 206 poems in English and a volume of 49 bilingual poems.

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  • Rising printing costs and a growing bilingual section have necessitated this change.  The cost of a single volume containing all the poems would have beeen greater than the cost of the two-volume set.
  • The volume of poems in English is available online and in bookstores for $15, plus tax and shipping.  The bilingual volume, Marca Frontera / Border Mark, retails for $10.

A list of contributing poets and their poems has been posted on this website for both volumes.

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     Frontera Corporal, the bilingual volume of the 2012-13 San Diego Poetry Annual edited by Olga Garcia, is now being used as a text book at Southwestern Community College.

The college bookstore stocks Frontera Corporal for purchase by students in the English composition class taught by Dr. Francisco J. Bustos, a regular contributor to the annual.  In keeping with its policy of creating permanent status for the annual in public and university libraries throughout the region, Garden Oak Press makes copies of the bilingual volume available at cost to the college and earns no profit from the sales.

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Garden Oak Press has nominated three poems from the San Diego Poetry Annual 2012-13 for a Pushcart Prize in poetry:

  • Szymborska’s Cigarette (pp. 102-103), by Diane Wakoski
  • The scent of apple cake (p. 64), by Marge Piercy
  • Soy Del País Donde La Miseria (I’m From a Country in Which Poverty) by Hadia Farfán Díaz  (pp. 186-187) (also pp. 40-41, Frontera Corporal)

Congratulations and good luck to all nominees.

 

 

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Juan Felipe Herrera is the Featured Poet for the 2013-14 San Diego Poetry Annual.

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  • Poet, performer, writer, cartoonist, teacher and activist Juan Felipe Herrera is the poet laureate of California.
  • His boyhood as the child of migrant farm workers influences his work.  Calling the Doves, his children’s book, won the Ezra Jack Keats Book Award (1997).
  • Herrera spent influential years in San Diego, especially Escondido.  In the mid 1970s, he served as director of Centro Cultural de la Raza, a community arts space created in an old water tank in Balboa Park. He teaches creative writing at the University of California Riverside.
  • His 21 books include 14 collections of poetry and prose, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children.  His Half the World in Light received the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry in 2008.
  • His new work appeared in the 2012-13 annual.

Maria Mazziotti Gillan has been named Featured Poet for the 2013-14 annual.

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  • Gillan is the founder and editor of The Paterson Literary Review and the director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College in Paterson, NJ.  In 2012, she visited San Diego as part of tour for her latest book, The Place I Call Home, and was the featured reader at two events that included poets from the 2011-12 annual.
  • She also serves as Director of the Creative Writing Program and Professor of Poetry at Binghamton University-SUNY.
  • Her latest books are The Silence in an Empty House (2013), Ancestor’s Song (2013)  and Writing Poetry to Save Your Life (2012).
  • Her new work appeared in the last three annuals.

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