Who We Are

We are a unique blend of San Diego based musicians, artists, poets, dreamers, and shape-shifters, on a mission to shed light on how the arts touches us internally, unlocking the magic of the human spirit.

Our SDEAG Story

Since 2009, SDEAG – The San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild has been positively impacting the artistic community of San Diego by advocating for the arts through cultural and education events, workshops, and products.

We are the proud to sponsor and publisher the San Diego Poetry Annual, now in it’s 8th year. In concert with the release, we coordinate public readings by contributing poets at public libraries and art galleries throughout the region from April through October each year.

In addition to the publishing the poetry annual, we also host the awards ceremony for the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize.

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

With music being our other emphasis, we had partnered with amazing venue’s across the country to bring culturally-rich experiences to audiences spanning from straight-ahead jazz to songs from the great American songbook. In 2013, SDEAG partnered with Anthony’s Fish Grotto and the Star of the Sea Event Center to offer our take on a speakeasy with poetry and jazz performances every Thursday. “Stars at the Star” featured top musicians and poets, including Diane Wakoski, Steve Kowit, Sue Palmer, Jaime Valle and Robin Henkel.

Through the generous contributions and grants we’ve received from the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO), the Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts fund, Poets & Writers Foundation and private donations, we’ve been able to expand not just the reach out the Poetry Annual, but our events have raised thousands of dollars for music programs for youth as well as being able to produce outreach poetry workshops reach teens in Juvenile Hall and veterans in Jail.

We also plan seasonal music concerts, and 2017 see’s us releasing our latest books; The San Diego Jazz Anthology, a book of original jazz compositions from local musicians and KIDS! San Diego Poetry Annual.

Board of Directors

Bill Harding

President

Steven Picanza

Executive Director / Board Member

Andrew Michel

Board Member

Anthony Roman

Secretary / Board Member

Eddie Hernandez

Treasurer / Board Member

Anthony Black

Board Member

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