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The Kowit, 2018

UPDATE:  The awards ceremony for The Kowit 2018 will be 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

2018 Finalists

(alphabetically, by poet)

Why the Neighbors Consider Me DangerousDeborah Allbritain

Mandolin SkySusan Brown

Hat TrickDavid Denny

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

Ode to My Cautionary SelfAmanda Mattimoe

Hale EddyGerald McCarthy

The GrapevineSteve McDonald

Cinco Putas Strip ClubJoe Medina

Poem as an Act of TerrorismAbby Murray

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

I Know — Gage Wright

     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 announced January 5, 2019

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.



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The Editors and Publishers of the San Diego Poetry Annual have nominated four poems and one translation from our 2017-18 editions for a Pushcart Prize in Poetry

Fred LongworthSoldier

Javier Norambuena: Del Sibilante

      Of the Sibilant One, translation by enriKetta luissi

Amie Whittemore: Ode to an Avocado

Al Zolynas: A Project, in Process

Congratulations to these four poets and to the translator, with thanks for allowing us to publish their work.



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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.

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