Annual Prose & Poetry in the Park Celebration

Date: Sunday, August 28 Time: 3-5 pm Number of sessions: 1 Day Event! Members: FREE! Nonmembers: FREE! Location: 6th Avenue and Quince Street, San Diego CA 92103

I could never have dreamt that there were such goings-on
in the world between the covers of books,
such sandstorms and ice blasts of words,,,
such staggering peace, such enormous laughter,
such and so many blinding bright lights,, ,
splashing all over the pages
in a million bits and pieces
all of which were words, words, words,
and each of which were alive forever
in its own delight and glory and oddity and light. –Dylan Thomas, Notes on the Art of Poetry

Pack up your picnic blankets and chairs and join host poet Chris Vannoy and San Diego’s writing community for our twelfth(!) annual celebration of summer and writing. Rummage through your good stuff and choose some poems, flash fiction, or excerpts from longer prose pieces for an Open Mic reading. Good writing, friendly writers, San Diego summer day … what could be better?

Open and free to all!

You’ll find us at the Poetry Bench in Balboa Park–the northeast corner of Sixth Ave. & Quince St. under a towering grove of  magnolia trees.


This year’s event is a tribute to poet Jihmye Collins, who passed away last March. Jihmye was an artist, poet and community activist. He was a founding member of the African American Writers and Artists of San Diego, Inc. and the African American Artists Collective, and was a vital part of the Spanish Village Art Center / Studio Nine. Jihmye served on the board of San Diego Writers, Ink and hosted Prose & Poetry in the Park for many years. To Buy a Book in his honor, click here.