Summer Poetry Series Postponed

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A NEW DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET. 

Unfortunately an emergency requires that we postpone this reading. We hope to reschedule for Fall. Please check back.

Kurt Olsson, author of Burning Down Disneyland
Burning Down Disneyland: Poems by Kurt Olsson

Kurt Olsson was selected by Thomas Lux for the 2016 Spacks Prize for Burning Down Disneyland. His previous collection is What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press). He lives and works just outside of Washington, D.C. In awarding the prize, Thomas Lux wrote, “I love the title of this book…and I love the innovative mischief of its poems. Let it be known: a true poetic intelligence and imagination live between its covers.”


Pamela Davis, author of Lunette
Lunette: Poems by Pamela Davis

Pamela Davis’s book Lunette won the ABZ Poetry Award in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s in English at Cal State University at San Francisco. As a freelance writer and editor, she co-founded the Independent Writers of Southern California. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Sou’Wester, Cimarron Review, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Southern Humanities Review, Poetry East, New Ohio Review, Folio, Zone 3, Southern Poetry Review, and others. She received Atlanta Review’s International Poetry Award, and was a finalist last year for the American Literary Review Poetry Prize and semi-finalist for Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Award. Some of the early jobs that prepared her to be a poet include working in her family’s mortuary as a receptionist during high school, ambulance dispatcher, pie shop counter girl, a year in Paris working as an Au Pair, from Girl Friday to media buyer to advertising copywriter, and stints as hospital PR Directors, ghost writer and medical journalist. Pam moved to Santa Barbara ten years ago with her husband Chris, where they explore the hills with their two Labradors.


Kate Morgan is a poet and a student at Santa Barbara City College. She draws much of her inspiration from the visual arts of the Renaissance and from the Romantic movement in poetry. In her own writing, Kate borrows diction and imagery from these sources as a way of rebelling against a more contemporary style, while also experimenting with free form and prose. Kate writes poetry as a way to express emotion, to whisper secrets, and to pay homage to beauty.


The Santa Barbara Poetry Series presents a student, local, and visiting poet each quarter of the year. All poets receive an honorarium for their readings. The Series is coordinated by Chryss Yost and George Yatchisin and co-sponsored by Gunpowder Press, with generous support from Nancy Gifford. This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations. For more information see gunpowderpress.com.

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