The San Diego Writers Collective and
San Diego City Works Press

Mission Statement

The San Diego Writers Collective is a group of San Diego writers, poets, artists, and patrons dedicated to the publication and promotion of the work of San Diego area artists of all sorts. Our specific interests include local, ethnic, and border writing as well as formal innovation and progressive politics.

The collective’s main focus is local, but we are open to occasional collaborations with writers from around the world. City Works Press is a non-profit press, funded by local writers and friends of the arts, committed to the publication of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and art by members of the San Diego City College community and the community at large. While our institutional home is San Diego City College, the collective is not limited to City College faculty and students but rather is comprised of members from all over the region.

Our purpose is to put out both first chapbooks by talented student writers and novels, creative non-fiction, and collections of short fiction and poetry by professional writers. We are not bound by commercial considerations nor are we looking to mimic the world of academic publishing. City Works Press is committed to creating a literary culture in a city where no press dedicated to the publication of local writing exists.

We are a "collective" in that we all contribute part of the funds and labor that go into each publication and the money made from our sales goes toward the publication of subsequent books. Hence the press is based on an ethic of reciprocity. Each submission is reviewed by a group of people other than the author and is chosen for publication on the basis of its quality and whether or not it fits our mission of promoting innovative, progressive, ethnically diverse local writing.

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