Celebrate release of the San Diego Poetry Annual 2013

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March 13, 2013, Fallbrook's Writers Read Presents

Readings from the newly released San Diego Poetry Annual

Including open mic readings of original poetry and prose 

SDPA2013Date: Wednesday 13 March, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Location: Café des Artistes, 103 S Main, Fallbrook, CA Enter from the rear parking lot off Alvarado St.

The San Diego Poetry Annual 2012-13 was published on January 30, 2013 by Garden Oak Press.

The new edition features 249 poems from 215 poets, including a bilingual section of 50 poems by 50 poets. This annual features poet Diane Wakoski. Other contributors include such renowned poets as California Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, former Poet Laureate Al YoungSteve Kowit, Marge Piercy, Ellen Bass, Maria Mazziotti Gillan, and poets from throughout the San Diego County region.

Some of our Writers Read favorites have works in this year's annual: Brandon Cesmat, Terry Severhill, R.D. SkaffTom Somers, Jon Wesick and more.

Featured poets at the reading will include:

Steve McDonald: Steve is Professor Emeritus of English at Palomar College, where he also served as Dean of Languages and Literature. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including RATTLE, The Crab Creek Review, Spillway, Blue Unicorn, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, and The Cresset. He was a finalist in the 2008 Sow’s Ear Poetry Awards and a semi-finalist in the 2007 Finishing Line Press chapbook competition. In 2010, his work appeared in Best New Poets 2010. His chapbook Where There Was No Pattern was published by Finishing Line Press in 2007, and his book House of Mirrors will be published by Tebot Bach Press in 2013.

Penny Perry, also writing as Kate Harding: A three time Pushcart nominee, twice for poetry and once for fiction, Penny's stories and poems have been widely published . Fiction Daily tagged her short story “Haunting the Alley,” published online in Literary Mama in August 2011. Her first collection of poetry, Santa Monica Disposal & Salvage, was published in 2012 by Garden Oak Press, and the collection earned praise from Marge Piercy, Steve Kowit, Diane Wakoski, and Maria Gillan. Penny is the fiction editor for Knot Literary Magazine, a Middle Eastern literary journal. She was a screenwriting fellow at the American Film Institute, and her movie A Berkeley Christmas aired on PBS. And, Penny just completed a novel about a school shooting.

S.L. Thompson: Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Sharon moved with her family to Hollywood, California in the 1950s. From as early as three years old Sharon began a successful childhood career including numerous  national T.V. commercial campaigns and small parts in movies. Sharon credits loving to act as the stepping stone to loving to write. Recently retired after teaching English for 20 years, she continues to enjoy the mentorship of several highly recognized poets in California and the United States. “Poetry has been my parachutes from more than one crazy plane ride, providing a way to express myself, giving me an opportunity to meet new friends, build lasting relationships and even help others discover the joy of words for themselves."

The San Diego Poetry Annual is part of the permanent collections of every college and university library in San Diego County, the county and city library systems, and the libraries of independent cities throughout the area.

Copies of the 2012-13 annual will be available for sale at the reading. They can also be purchased online at CreateSpace.com. Purchases of the annual are fully tax deductible, as a donation to San Diego Entertainment and Arts Guild, through which they are sold.

For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.