Save The Dates! Upcoming 2022-23 San Diego Poetry Annual Events/Readings:

*Details and registration info for each event coming soon in separate announcements.*

Mar 21 @ Central Library: Poetry In Ocean (Library registration/info here and sign up to read at

Mar 28 @ Amplified, East Village, 1429 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, 7 p.m., Poets Underground

April 7 @ Central Library: San Diego Poetry Annual, San Diego Writers Festival, Library Foundation SD, and San Diego Central Library proudly present an evening of inspiration and celebration in honor of the city’s vibrant poetry community and seminal poet, Steve Kowit. Taking place on April 7th, 6:30-9:00PM at Central Library, the free and open-to-the-public event will feature a mini-book-fair reception, music, food, and, of course, poetry. Keynote speaker and California’s newest Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick, will be joined on the awards stage by San Diego Poet Laureate, Jason Magabo Perez and local poets of note, including the 2023 Kowit Award winner, Julia Levine, Ron Salisbury, Jeff Walt, Gill Sotu, among others. The event organizers and supporters include representatives from Write Out Loud, San Diego Writers, Ink, Friends of SD Public Library. Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact us at to learn more. Click here to register!

April 10 @ Point Loma Library

April 29 @ Mission Hills Library

May 7 @ Escondido Municipal Arts Gallery

June 3 @ La Jolla Library

Sept 10 @ Spacebar

November 22 @ San Diego Writers, Ink (third Sunday in November, details coming soon)


October 7 @ San Diego Writers Festival (details coming soon)

Twiggs CWP live audience panel (details coming soon)


Sunday, November 20:

SDPA reading and tribute to Seretta Martin from 5-7 pm at Inspirations Gallery • Liberty Station Barracks 16, Suite 204. Here are the details from from Judy Reeves:

From 5-7 pm at Inspirations Gallery • Liberty Station Barracks 16, Suite 204, San Diego Writers, Ink and the San Diego Poetry Annual invite you to an afternoon of poetry as poets featured in the 2021-22 San Diego Poetry Annual take to the Open Mic to read their poems. The afternoon will also feature a tribute to San Diego poet and long-time and much-loved leader in the San Diego literary community, Seretta Martin. Seretta’s published work comprises poems in many styles and she is especially noted for her gifts of haiku, both the form itself as well as promotion and celebration of the art. We invite participants to celebrate Seretta at the event by creating a haiku in her honor to read along with your poem from the Annual.

Saturday, Oct. 22, 1-4 pm (SDPA reading 2-4 pm)

Saturday, Oct. 8, All Day

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!

Friday, Oct. 14, 6:30-9 p.m.

Fri., Oct, 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Library in the ShileyPoetry 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 and on the library event registration: Poetry in Ocean: Sunset, Surf and the Sea | San Diego Public Library (

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.

Saturday, Oct. 22 1-4:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m.

2021-22 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA) authors, fans of lit arts, and poets looking to publish… You are invited to come eat, drink, watch, and celebrate the publication and poetry of SDPA 2021-22 at Amplified Ale Works, East Village, 7 p,m. on Tuesday, June 28. Mark your calendars and email Michael Klam to sign up to read! More details to come as we get closer to the event. Check in here for updates: Poetry & Art San Diego. Follow us on Instagram @sdpoetryannual.

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, at the La Jolla/Riford Library on Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 1-2:30 p.m

Share your poems from the San Diego Poetry Annual at the Mission Hills-Hillcrest/Knox Branch Library, 215 W. Washington St. Hosted by Curran Jeffery. Sign up ahead of time by emailing Michael Klam. Updates at Poetry & Art San Diego. Follow us on Instagram @sdpoetryannual.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.

Second Sunday will do a feature for all the Poets in the San Diego Poetry Annual at 3 p.m., Sept.11. This event will be in person and on Zoom until further notice (Zoom ID: 990 814 5215). Updates at Poetry & Art San Diego. Follow us on Instagram @sdpoetryannual.



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