The Best Poems of San Diego

The San Diego Poetry Annual encompasses three volumes. The SDPA includes many of the finest poets from our region and beyond, plus the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize honorees, Native Poets and poems from Juvenile Hall. A bilingual volume features poems written in Spanish and translated into English. The Kids! San Diego Poetry Annual contains poems and original drawings from kids ages 6 to 12, created in free workshops.

All three volumes of the San Diego Poetry Annual are part of the permanent collections of every college and university library in the San Diego region, as well as the San Diego County Library system, the San Diego City Library and the libraries of individual cities, including Carlsbad, Oceanside and Escondido.

Copies of each edition of the San Diego Poetry Annual are donated in the name of contributing poets to public and college libraries in San Diego and to select libraries nationally.

The annual is published by the San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild (SDEAG), a 501(c)(3) local arts nonprofit.

See the cover of the SDPA 2021-22 edition here. Cover image by Juan Beaz; back cover image by Mary Kowit.