San Francisco poets, get your pens—Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and their Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, together with the San Francisco Public Library,  are pleased to announce Poets 11: 6th Edition.  This citywide poetry contest and reading series collects poems from every neighborhood and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts.

Submissions open April 15th through June 15th, 2016

Local poets are encouraged to submit up to three poems.  Poetry is chosen by Jack Hirschman and selected poets are announced at each of the branch events.  All types of poetry are accepted.  Writings which reflect San Francisco’s diversity of language and culture and those written in languages other than English are highly encouraged. 

Selected poets will be presented with a $50 honorarium and their poems will be published in an anthology.  Now in its sixth iteration, Poets 11 continues to celebrate San Francisco’s rich literary life and thriving poetry community.

Beginning in this summer, selected poets will take the microphone and share their works in a variety of languages and topics.  Eleven events will take place at branch libraries, concluding with a final event featuring all participating poets at the Main Library’s Koret Auditorium in the fall.


  • Must be 18 or over to participate. 
  • Must reside in one of San Francisco's 11 Districts.  For information on city districts, please visit
  • Submissions must include a return address, email or phone number and district number for response.
  • The deadline for all submissions is June 15th, 2016. 
  • Poets can submit up to three poems.

Submit via email to:

or by mail to: 

Readers Bookstore Fort Mason                                 
ATTN: Poets 11
2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

For more information please call (415) 626-7500 or email



Tue 28th, June 2016                6:30 - 7:30       Richmond Meeting Room       

 Wed 29th, June 2016              6:30 - 8:00       Presidio Meeting Room           

Wed 6th, July 2016                 6:30 - 8:00       North Beach Meeting Room   

 Tue 12th, July 2016                6:30 - 7:30       Sunset Children's Area

Wed 13th, July 2016               6:30 - 7:30       Western Addition General Floor Area 

Wed 20th, July 2016               6:30 - 7:30       Mission Bay Program Room   

Tue 26th, July 2016                 6:30 - 7:30       West Portal General Floor Area          

Wed 27th, July 2016               6:30 - 7:30       Glen Park Meeting Room        

Wed 3rd, August 2016             6:30 - 7:30       Mission General Floor Area    

Wed 10th, August 2016            6:30 - 7:30       Ocean View Meeting Room    

Thu 11th, August 2016              6:30 - 7:30       Bayview Meeting Room


Sun 18th, September 2016       1:00 - 4:00       Koret Auditorium, Main Library

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