What we're about

We love poetry. We want to hear your work. And share ours. And talk about all things poetry, art, politics, and life. We organize and attend events at Gelato Vero Caffe (3753 India Street), the San Diego Art Institute (1439 El Prado), the Central Library (330 Park Blvd), La Bodega Gallery (2196 Logan Ave), and elsewhere. We feature regional talent and open mics.

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Poetry at the Zoom Bench

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Please join Poets at the Zoom Bench on Sunday, May 31, at 3 pm. I hope all of you are finding a way to be creative and safe. The world has been quiet behind the viral shutters. But light is cracking through the slats, and we're moving out from the shadows. I move too, with caution and freedom. The best part of zoom poetry readings is that poets from all corners can join the community. I am pleased to announce that our featured performer this month will be DrayZera, the fascinating, mesmeric, and dragonistic poet from England. DrayZera, born ten years before millenia, began writing aged seven on and off. The on-switch occurred one Open Mic night in year sixteen of the millenia when the then 25 year old stepped onto stage for his debut! From then “Broken Circuitboard” accelerated for his first published poetry collection for summer 2017 release performing poems in a UK tour that also included San Francisco at the back end of the year. DrayZera then, in year nineteen, released the acclaimed Spoken Word-themed film series “Psycho Lucy” filmed in the grand Roman City of Bath, United Kingdom. After releasing "Cut Them Loose" Music Video with artist "RMB" in 2020. As always, you are welcome to read your own poems or poems by a favorite poet. All styles are appreciated. You don't need a zoom account to participate. As you "enter" the space, let me know if you want to read and I will create a list. Everyone can read one poem each, and if there is more time, then we can go around again. If you have any questions email me at [masked]. "Poets at the Bench" can also be found on Facebook, if you'd like to join the community online.

San Diego Poetry Annual Celebration Zoom

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The San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA) and Border Voices Poetry Project (BV) present our first combined online reading and open mic. Our features for the evening are the first ever San Diego Poet Laureate Ron Salisbury, Garden Oak Press author Al Zolynas, writers published in SDPA and the upcoming BV anthology, and you! Ron and Al will each read three poems to start. Then we will “pass the mic” to any poet who’d like to share one poem. We will give preference to poets published in SDPA, but we would also like to hear from writers who have not yet worked with us or published in our anthologies. Let's hear your great work! To sign up early, email Michael Klam at [masked]. Your hosts for the evening are Michael Klam and Ying Wu. DETAILS: Day: Friday, June 12 Time: 7:00 p.m. Zoom info: SDPA Celebration Zoom Meeting Time: Jun 12,[masked]:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID:[masked] POETS: Ron Salisbury is San Diego's inaugural poet laureate: SD's First Poet Laureate! Al Zolynas, renowned poet and author of Near and Far by Garden Oak Press, 2019: Al Zolynas publishes new collection, Garden Oak Press! ORGANIZATIONS: The San Diego Poetry Annual is now part of the permanent collection 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 Garden Oak Press, in association with the San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild (SDEAG), a 501(c)(3) local arts non-profit: San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild, Garden Oak Press. Border Voices: The name “Border Voices” refers not only to physical borders, but to all borders – physical, cultural and emotional. It is across those borders that whispers of understanding can be heard, frequently wrapped in the creative energies of poetry. MISSION STATEMENT: i) To increase the visibility and appreciation of the literary arts in San Diego, and to make San Diego a nationally recognized showcase for those arts. ii) To encourage literary and academic collaborations across geographic, cultural and intellectual boundaries. iii) To use poetry to cultivate sensitivities of perception that are socially and personally valuable for young people and the community at large, while raising student scores on standardized tests of verbal ability. Border Voices Broken Anchor Poetry: A collective of hosts and organizations promoting poetry and art in San Diego. Groups include Gelato Poetry, Palabra Open Mic, Poetry & Art Series, Balboa Park Poetry Bench, and San Diego Writers, Ink. Meetup (virtually!): Broken Anchor Poetry Read more here: Poetry & Art Series: https://poetryandartsd.com/2020/05/19/sdpa-celebration-zoom-with-sds-first-poet-laureate-ron-salisbury-al-zolynas-open-mic/ Puna Press: https://punapress.com/sdpa-celebration-zoom-with-sds-first-poet-laureate-ron-salisbury-al-zolynas-open-mic/ *Special thanks to Verbatim Books, where we had originally planned this event before COVID-19 closures. Please support local bookstores and businesses online and visit as soon as it’s safe to do so.

New Date! Bethel's Book Launch Party

San Diego Writers Ink

NEW DATE IS TENTATIVE. Hoping that COVID-19 Virus concerns will have calmed down by then. Stay tuned! Join the author of "Conversations with Good Men" in celebrating the release of her debut chapbook! Swing by for goodies (cake, anyone?), freebies, snacks, merch/swag, and prizes. Poet and publisher Bethel Swift will also be signing copies of her book after a short reading.

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Zoom Palabra

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