The Beyond Baroque

Annual awards Dinner

This year's Annual Awards Dinner will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at the Church in Ocean Park in Santa Monica, California.
2017 Awards Dinner Announcement

The Beyond Baroque Annual Awards Dinner began in 2011 under the direction of the standing board president, Sherman Pearl, as a way to honor poets in the Los Angeles poetry community who have shined a light on the craft of poetry, both through their writing and through their efforts to draw attention to poetry as an art form. The board voted to have two distinct awards honoring two paths of service.

The George Drury Smith Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry, named for the founder of Beyond Baroque, honors an outstanding achievement in poetry by a poet whose work has drawn attention to the art of poetry beyond the borders of Los Angeles.

The Distinguished Service Award was created to honor a local poet who has made long-term contributions to the poetry community in Los Angeles and is an outstanding poet in his own right. 

The awards are handed out at the Annual Awards Dinner at the Church in Ocean Park, in Santa Monica, California, each spring. The dinner is attended by over a hundred poets and fans of poetry and is open to the public. 


2011 David St. John
2012 Wanda Coleman
2013 Eloise Klein Healy
2014 William Mohr
2015 Suzanne Lummis
2016 Holly Prado


2011 S.A. Griffin
2012 Amélie Frank
2013 Mike Sonksen
2014 Rick Lupert
2015 Elena Karina Byrne
2016 Luis Rodriguez

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Click here for the Ads awards booklet order form and general information sheets.
The deadline to get your ad in is Sunday, September 10, 2017, 5:00 PM