San Diego Poetry Celebration and Kowit Awards

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San Diego Poetry Celebration and Kowit Awards

Celebrate San Diego’s Poetry Community and the legacy of Steve Kowit with readings, awards, street food, and the CA Poet Laureate.

By Marni Freedman

When and where

Date and time

Friday, April 7 · 6:30 - 9:30pm PDT


San Diego Central Library 330 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92101

About this event

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

SD Poetry Annual, SD Writers Festival and Library Foundation SD proudly present an evening of inspiration and celebration @ Central Library in honor of San Diego’s vibrant poetry community and seminal poet, Steve Kowit. Featured speaker and California’s newest Poet Laureate, Lee Herrick, will be joined by San Diego Poet Laureate, Jason Magabo Perez with short readings from poets of note, including the 2022 Kowit Award winner, Julia Levine, Ron Salisbury, Marie Marchand, Gill Sotu, Joe Milosch, and more.

The event kicks off with a “Meet the Poets” reception featuring live music, street food, a mini-book-fair, and signature cocktails by East Village’s newest culinary gem, .modbom. Of course the star of the night will be poetry, as we bring together San Diego’s diverse literary arts organizations, cultural leaders, and supporters in joyful celebration. Open-mic afterparty hosted by Poets Underground. Key event organizers and supporters include Write Out Loud SD, San Diego Writers, Ink, and Friends of SD Public Library.

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About the organizer

Organized by
Marni Freedman