The 5th WCP was held in San Francisco, California, USA July 6-10, 1981 at which Dr. Rosemary C, Wilkinson was President, Dr. Hoy Quon and Dr. Clarence A. Miller were Vice Presidents. The Congress was sponsored by Ina Coolbrith Circlt and Sino-American Culture Research Institute Inc, The site of the Congress was Hotel St. Francis where the Charter of the United Nations was delivered in 1945.
The San Francisco Congress was attended by about 400 well-known poets from 36 nations and 25 states of the host country. The topics were: (1) Poetry and Education, (2) Poetry and Medicine, (3) Poetry and Religious Truth, (4) Poetry and Science, and (5) Poetry and USA/California. Each of them was guided by a keynote speech before discussions.
Discussions were conducted separately in different languages as follows: (1) Spanish Workshop, (2) French Workshop, (3) Chinese Workshop, and (4) English Workshop. All the poetesses/poets present voiced their hearts in their native language either in discussion or in chanting their poems.
The Congress cordially accepted the gracious invitation from King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The invitation was brought up by Dr. Justo Jorge Padron who express the wish on behalf of Spain to be the host of the 6thWCP in Madrid in 1982, This exciting news was announced at the closing ceremony of the Congress after the presentation of awards. The San Francisco Congress was ended in roaring applause: “Madrid, 1982!”
Shortly after the Congress the “Report of the 5th World Congress of Poets-USA” was published.