Thank you to everyone who submitted work and attended the Poets 11 branch readings this summer! We received a fantastic array of poems from every district in San Francisco that reflects the City's diversity of language and culture.

Please see below for the list of 2016 selected poets. 

Save the date for the final event: On Sunday, September 18th  from 1 – 4 PM all 2016 selected poets will take the stand in the Koret Auditorium to read from their work.  We’ll be debuting the Poets 11 Anthology at the event.

About Poets 11
Presented by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and their Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman, together with the San Francisco Public Library, Poets 11 is a citywide poetry contest and reading series that collects poems from every neighborhood in San Francisco and features poetry readings at branch libraries in each of the City’s 11 districts.

Selected poets are presented with a $50 honorarium and their poems will be published in the 2016 Poets 11 Anthology (purchase the 2014 Poets 11 Anthology here!). 

Please contact Sarah Rosedale for all Poets 11 inquiries: / (415) 771-1030



The 2016 Poets 11 Anthology is a compilation of poems submitted by residents of San Francisco's 11 districts, selected and introduced by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library's Poet-in-Residence Jack Hirschman. 

Purchase your copy today in our Readers Bookstores or online here! Proceeds from book sales support the San Francisco Public Library.

2016 Poets 11 Selected Poets

Congratulations to the 2016 selected poets!

#1: Richmond 
Susan Terence
David Volpendesta
Dorothy Payne

#2:  Presidio
Lidija S. Canovic
Jack Miller
Elise Kazanjian

#3: North Beach
Karen Melander Magoon
Sharry Wright
Louis Martin

#4: Sunset
Matthew Monte
Denise Chiang
Dan Brady

#5: Western Addition
JoAnna Scandiffio
Silvia Oviedo
Lynne Barnes

#6: Mission Bay
Elizabeth Larson
Bruce Hansen
Phyllis Holliday

#7: West Portal
Abby Caplin
Toshi Washizu
Lois Lyles

#8: Glen Parl
Richard Sanderell
Lucy Hilmer
Cea T. Hearth

#9: Mission
Anita Kline
Tess McCarthy
Leticia Hernandez-Linares

#10: Bayview
Juanita  Price
Bianca Catalan
Anita Cruz

#11: Ocean View
Mairead Kiernan
Mike Taylor
Gregory Thomas