Pixel Tracker

Saturday, March 23 , 2019, 7:00 pm | Mostly Cloudy 64º

 
 
 
 

Poet Laureate Nominations Open

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture and the Santa Barbara City Arts Advisory Committee has announced nominations are being sought for Santa Barbara’s next poet laureate.

Information and nomination guidelines are available online at http://civicaweb.santabarbaraca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=185188. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 3.

In an effort to support and further expand the literary outreach of the poet laureate, the Office of Arts & Culture has teamed up with the Santa Barbara Public Library.

“The job of the poet laureate is to inspire excitement and community engagement around the literary arts, so collaborating with the public library — home and heart of Santa Barbara’s literary collections — made perfect sense,” said Sarah York Rubin, executive director of Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture.
 
Beginning this year, the Santa Barbara Public Library serves as the official office of the poet laureate.

“We are thrilled to be ‘Home of the Poet Laureate,’” said Jessica Cadiente, Santa Barbara Public Library director.

“We look forward to working with them to create programming for all ages that inspires creativity and celebrates Santa Barbara’s literary community. Our missions dovetail beautifully,” she said.
 
The selection of the poet laureate is timed to coincide with the recognition of National Poetry Month.

Entering its 12th year, the position of poet laureate was established in 2005 as an honorary position by the City Arts Advisory Committee with Santa Barbara City Council approval. The position serves a two-year term.

Past poet laureates include the late Barry Spacks, Perie Longo, David Starkey, Paul Willis, Chryss Yost, and most recently Sojourner Kincaid Rolle.

A sampling of their works can be found in What Breathes Us: Santa Barbara Poets Laureate 2005-2015, published by Gunpowder Press in 2016. Copies are available at local bookstores and all Santa Barbara Public Libraries.

— Santa Barbara Office of Arts & Culture.
 

 

Support Noozhawk Today!

Our professional journalists work tirelessly to report on local news so you can be more informed and engaged in your community. This quality, local reporting is free for you to read and share, but it's not free to produce.

You count on us to deliver timely, relevant local news, 24/7. Can we count on you to invest in our newsroom and help secure its future?

We provide special member benefits to show how much we appreciate your support.

Email
I would like give...
Great! You're joining as a Red-Tailed Hawk!
  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.