Both volumes of the 2018-19 San Diego Poetry Annual were officially published simultaneously on March 1st.

The cover art, a view of the Oceanside Pier, comes from Michael James Slattery (luminous-views.com).  Choose Cover Photo from the menu to see the cover.

The volume of poems in English, containing 353 poems by 328 poets, runs 441 pages, and sells for the retail price of $22.50 at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, Powells.com, and through bookstores.

The bilingual volume of poems, Magenta, written in Spanish and translated into English contains 46 poems by 76 poets and translators, and edited by SDPA Regional Editor Olga Garcia. It retails at $14.00 online and through bookstores.

Complete lists of poems/poets from both volumes are available on this website under the menu heading Poets and Poems 2018-19 SDPA.

Contributing poets, friends and organizations/institutions can buy the new volumes at the special discount rate.  Choose How to Order from the main menu.  Pre-paid orders are now being accepted, through March 31st.

On March 1, 2019, a PDF of each new volume was posted under the menu heading Free PDF of the annual.  The PDF serves as the complimentary copy to all contributors.

The Kowit, 2018

UPDATE:  The awards ceremony for The Kowit 2018 was held Friday, March 22, 2019, starting at 6:30 p.m. on the 9th-floor rooftop Shiley Event Center at Central Library, downtown San Diego.  Host:  Marc Chery, Humanities Supervisor.

Congratulations to all:

The Steve Kowit Poetry Prize 2018

Ode to My Cautionary Self — Amanda Mattimoe

2nd Place: Poem as an Act of Terrorism — Abby Murray

3rd Place: Hat TrickDavid Denny

Honorable Mention

(alphabetically, by poet)

Why the Neighbors Consider Me DangerousDeborah Allbritain

I Know — Baethan Balor

Mandolin SkySusan Browne

Tell Me, Charles BukowskiGeorge Drew

Department of Loose ScrewsTrish Dugger

Mother MeaningMonique Gagnon German

A Bumble Bee’s BehindHarry Griswold

Scripps Pier, 1965Valarie Hastings

Choosing FigsHannah Hornsey

The Forest TorsoShannon Jonas

Cartography of a Girl’s RoomAnita Koester

HeatAnn Maioroff

Hale EddyGerald McCarthy

The GrapevineSteve McDonald

Cinco Putas Strip ClubJoe Medina

Crying is Expected in a Therapy OfficeSuzanne O’Connell

When Tainas Planted KinMargarita Rosa

Say AnythingLee Rossi

Mostly MooseRon Salisbury

a grocery list for the end of the worldJoelle Schumacher

MushroomsValerie Wallace

     Poems advancing to the Finals receive a minimum of Honorable Mention and publication in the San Diego Poetry Annual, reprint in “Kowit’s Korner” at Serving House Journal.

Cash Prize winners ($1350 total) to be presented March 22, 2019

Poets reading at the awards ceremony also receive an honorarium of $50.

JudgeJeff Walt (Regional Editor, SDPA, and Frank O’Hara Poetry Prize awardee, 2018)

  • Open for submissions on June 15 through October 15 annually.
  • Click on The Kowit on our main menu, or visit www.sdeag.org for complete entry details.


The Regional Editors and Publisher of the San Diego Poetry Annual have nominated six poems and one translation from our 2018-19 editions for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry

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Trish Dugger:  Downtown Jungle

Harry Griswold: On the Marriage Sled

Michele Karas: for first wives who have considered suicide when wateraerobics are enough

Hubert Matiúwàa: Èjèn Mè’phàà

              Mè’phàà Boys, translations by the author and by Johanna Malcher and Laura Elliott

Terry Spohn:  The Big Store

Congratulations to these poets and translators, with thanks for allowing us to publish their work.



The bilingual volume of the San Diego Poetry Annual, edited by Olga Garcia, continues to be used as a text book at Southwestern Community College.

The college bookstore stocks the bilingual volume 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, San Diego Entertainment + Arts Guild  makes copies of the bilingual volume available at actual cost to the college and earns no profit from the sales.