Readings & Special Events

Whether we’re scheduling the publication party for a local author’s new book, chartering a bus to take us to the LA Times Festival of Books, or celebrating the seasons, Inksters know how to make an event special. We believe in collaboration and look for creative ways to partner with other organizations to present unique and stimulating programs for the larger community. The Ink Spot offers a warm and welcoming spot for readings, large and small, and we also hold readings at other venues – the Poetry Bench in Balboa Park, on the stage at Lestat’s, and Rebecca’s in South Park to name a few.

Readings and Special Events:

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  • 10/06 & 11/03 Writers Networking at the Pearl Hotel Put down your pen and raise your glass! Come find the SDWI sign at our poolside cabana, indulge in happy hour food and cocktail options, and network with other writers in this fun, casual setting. Monday: October 6th and November 3rd, 5:30-7:30pm SDWI Writers Meet-up at the Pearl Hotel The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St Free.  Buy your own food ...
  • 10/06 Reading with Timothy Gager, Maggie May Ethridge, Heather Fowler, and Bonnie ZoBell Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan, is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over twelve years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 250 journals and ...
  • 10/11 John Menaghan Poetry Reading from “Here and Gone” and earlier poems To celebrate the publication of his fourth book of poetry, Here and Gone, John Menaghan will be reading selections from that volume, along with a few poems from his earlier volumes and a handful of new poems, including one or more from a new sequence, entitled Chiaroscuro, featuring poems in the voices of a wide range of ...
  • 10/26 Open Mic Poetry Reading at Inspirations Gallery Open mic. Please bring one long or two short poems; prose poems less than a page OK. Snacks will be served. The poetry can be in response to the current art show, but does not have to be connected.  
  • 11/01 Reading from November Butterfly by Tania Pryputniewicz   Book Launch party and reading.   This follows a workshop by Tania Pryputniewicz. Early praise for her first poetry book: “In November Butterfly, the lyrical I looks into the mirror to find a different face with each pass. In this way, Pryputniewicz maintains the intimacy of the poetic I while expanding the personal lyric to a global resonance. As Ophelia, Jeanne d’Arc, Nefertiti, Amelia, Lady ...
  • 11/01 Warwicks Bookstore Fundraiser: Buy Books, SDWI benefits San Diego Writers, Ink is having a Warwicks Bookstore fundraiser just in time to get your holiday shopping done early. Fifteen percent of your purchases at Warwicks on Saturday, November 1, 2014, from  9AM – 6PM will help fund San Diego Writers, Ink’s programs.Location:   Warwick’s, 7812 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, 858/454-0347, www.warwicks.com Who Qualifies:  Everyone. The event will be open to all San Diego Writers, Ink  members ...
  • 11/21 Late Night Write on 3rd Fridays of month Late Night Write: Starting Nov 21, we will have a late night write on the 3rd Friday of the month, from 7-11pm (free to members, $5 for nonmembers). Time to write plus wine and light snacks (add to the festivities by bringing your own snack to share). This is a special Room to Write not to be ...
  • 1st Fridays: Friday Night Liberty Open House (Free get together) As part of Friday Night Liberty (a monthly event at Liberty Station), we hold an open house from 5-8pm on the first Friday of every month. It is a time to see the artwork on our walls, talk to fellow writers, snack on a few treats, and hang out at the Ink Spot.  Also, check out ...
  • 2nd Fridays: Monthly DimeStories Open Mic for Prose at the Ink Spot Love to write? Of course you do. Like to perform? That’s a rhetorical question. Want to share your stories with other writers? Why am I even asking? Dime Stories are 3-minutes stories (prose, not poetry) read by the author. They’re funny. They’re heart-rending. Fictional or factual, they’re always true. Bring your Dime Story to read to a ...
  • 3rd Tuesdays: Poetic Brew Open Mic A Poetry Open Mic with the flavor of San Diego’s original Poetic Brew, set in the warm and friendly venue of Rebecca’s Coffeehouse in South Park . Read up to 3 poems or for 3 minutes and 33 seconds. There’s sure to be some of your favorite locals reading, plus a different feature poet each ...

Ongoing Open Mics

  • DimeStories Open Mic — First Friday of every month
  • Poetic Brew Open Mic Poetry Reading — Third Tuesday of every  month at Rebecca’s in South Park.  Bring three poems for the open mic or just listen with host Eber Lambert.