Santa Barbara Poets Directory

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Laure-Anne Bosselaar

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Christopher Buckley

Christopher Buckley’s newest book is Spanish Notebook, Shabda Press, Pasadena, April 2017. Star Journal: Selected Poems was published by the Univ. of Pittsburgh Press,  2016. Back Room at the Philosophers’ Club, Buckley’s 20th book of poetry, published by Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Press, won the Lascaux Review’s Poetry Book Prize for 2015. …Read More

Christopher Buckley’s newest book is Spanish Notebook, Shabda Press, Pasadena, April 2017. Star Journal: Selected Poems was published by the Univ. of Pittsburgh Press,  2016. Back Room at the Philosophers’ Club, Buckley’s 20th book of poetry, published by Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Press, won the Lascaux Review’s Poetry Book Prize for 2015.  SFA Press also published Varieties of Religious Experience in 2013.  Rolling The Bones, won the 2009 Tampa Review Poetry Prize and was published by the Univ. of Tampa Press in 2010 who also published White Shirt in 2011.

Buckley was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2007-2008.  He received the William Stafford Poetry Prize from Rosebud in 2012, and the James Dickey Prize for 2008 from Five Points Magazine. He has been awarded a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to the former Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and is the recipient of NEA grants in poetry for 2001 and 1984.

His first book of creative nonfiction, Cruising State: Growing Up In Southern California was published in 1994. A 2nd collection, Sleep Walk, was published by Eastern Washington Univ. Press,  2006, and Lynx House Press published his 3rd nonfiction book, Holy Days of Obligation, 2014.

Buckley is a Contributing Editor to American Poetry Review.  With Gary Young, he is the editor of The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (Hey Day Books 1999). With David Oliveira and M.L. Williams he is editor of How Much Earth: The Fresno Poets (The Round House Press, 2001).  For the Univ. of Michigan Press’ Under Discussion series, he edited The Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger To Nothing, 1991.  More recently he has edited the poetry anthologies, Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems & Poetics from California (with Gary Young) Alcatraz Editions, 2008; Homage To Vallejo, Greenhouse Review Press, 2006.  And, with Alexander Long, he edited A Condition of the Spirit: The Life and Work of Larry Levis, Eastern Washington Univ. Press, 2004. The Backwaters Press published Aspects of Robinson: Homage to Weldon Kees,edited with Christopher Howell in January 2011, and in 2012, again co-edited with Gary Young, Lynx House Press published, One for the Money: the Sentence as a Poetic Form.   Messenger to the Stars: A Luis Omar Salinas New Selected Poems & Reader was edited with Jon Veinberg and published by Tebot Bach in 2014.

Selected Publications:  APR, POETRY, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The New Yorker, The Nation, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, The Southern Review, Five Points, The Harvard Review, & New Letters.
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FAVES poetry reading

The long-running FAVES reading happens the 3rd Monday of every month. You are invited to share a poem by another poet (cannot be your own poem). 3rd Monday (monthly) Where:  SBCAST, Suite D 513 Garden Street (between Haley and Cota, parking in Office Max lot, walk a block and a half up Garden St. to 513) Hosted by Lois KleinRead More

The long-running FAVES reading happens the 3rd Monday of every month. You are invited to share a poem by another poet (cannot be your own poem).

3rd Monday (monthly)
Where:  SBCAST, Suite D
513 Garden Street
(between Haley and Cota, parking in Office Max lot,
walk a block and a half up Garden St. to 513)

Hosted by Lois Klein

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HerStory (UCSB)

HerStory is a printed forum for art, poetry, fiction and memoirs submitted by UCSB students and community members. The guiding light behind the publication is a combination of themes we formed with our sister group, A.S. Womxn’s Commission, as well as the community-at-large. The themes we draw from include change, strength, unity and power. Aside from HerStory being an expressive place for individuals to voice their uncensored perspectives, from global to local to personal to physical to institutional, we also strive to address some of the heavier issues facing women today.…Read More

HerStory is a printed forum for art, poetry, fiction and memoirs submitted by UCSB students and community members. The guiding light behind the publication is a combination of themes we formed with our sister group, A.S. Womxn’s Commission, as well as the community-at-large. The themes we draw from include change, strength, unity and power.

Aside from HerStory being an expressive place for individuals to voice their uncensored perspectives, from global to local to personal to physical to institutional, we also strive to address some of the heavier issues facing women today. Visit website for submission period.

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Into the Teeth of the Wind

Into the Teeth of the Wind is a student-run poetry journal sponsored by the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We seek great poetry, particularly poems concerned with people, identity, and social justice. We have published work by Barry Spacks, Tobias Wolff, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Paul Willis, Christopher Buckley, Chryss Yost, Glenna Luschei, Perie Longo, John Ridland, Ángel García, Sara Borjas, Jacqueline Balderrama, Wesley Holtermann, Greg Emilio, and Caroline Allen.…Read More

Into the Teeth of the Wind is a student-run poetry journal sponsored by the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We seek great poetry, particularly poems concerned with people, identity, and social justice.

We have published work by Barry Spacks, Tobias Wolff, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Paul Willis, Christopher Buckley, Chryss Yost, Glenna Luschei, Perie Longo, John Ridland, Ángel García, Sara Borjas, Jacqueline Balderrama, Wesley Holtermann, Greg Emilio, and Caroline Allen.

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Gabriella Klein

Gabriella Klein's full-length collection, Land Sparing, won the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Barbara. Website: gabriella-josephine-klein.com Books: Land Sparing (Nightboat Books, 2015)Read More
Gabriella Klein’s full-length collection, Land Sparing, won the Nightboat Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the California Book Award. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her husband and daughter in Santa Barbara.
Books: Land Sparing (Nightboat Books, 2015)
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Marcia Meier

Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, editor and writing coach. Her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Writersresist.com, Prime Number Magazine online, the anthology Knocking at the Door, Approaching the Other, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and many other publications. …Read More

Marcia Meier is an award-winning writer, editor and writing coach. Her work has appeared in The Louisville Review, Writersresist.com, Prime Number Magazine online, the anthology Knocking at the Door, Approaching the Other, the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and many other publications. Her books include Heart on a Fence, (poetry and photography, 2016), Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World, Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders (2010), and Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific (1996). Two books are forthcoming: an anthology, Unmasked, Women Write About Sex and Intimacy After Fifty, co-edited with Kathleen Barry, and another book of poetry and photography, titled Ireland, Place Out of Time. She is also at work on a memoir, Face.

Website:
http://www.marciameier.com

Books:
Heart on a Fence
Navigating the Rough Waters of Today’s Publishing World: Critical Advice for Writers from Industry Insiders
Santa Barbara, Paradise on the Pacific
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Miramar Magazine

"Old School Truth and Beauty." Editor Christopher Buckley, published in hard copy. Website here.

I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through and see the world. —Stanley Kunitz

Art should resolve the mysteries of our being, not occlude them further.…

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“Old School Truth and Beauty.” Editor Christopher Buckley, published in hard copy. Website here.

I dream of an art so transparent that you can look through and see the world.
—Stanley Kunitz

Art should resolve the mysteries of our being, not occlude them further.
—C.J. Sansom

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Painted Cave Journal

Painted Cave is an award-winning literary journal established by the creative writing students at Santa Barbara City College. Our goal is to highlight contemporary and emerging writers enrolled in community colleges across the nation by presenting their work in a peer-reviewed, online, biannual magazine in May and December. Online at https://paintedcave.net/Read More

Painted Cave is an award-winning literary journal established by the creative writing students at Santa Barbara City College. Our goal is to highlight contemporary and emerging writers enrolled in community colleges across the nation by presenting their work in a peer-reviewed, online, biannual magazine in May and December. Online at https://paintedcave.net/

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Christine Penko

Christine Penko is the author of the 2015 poetry collection Thunderbirds—a memoir in poems. Her work is published in a variety of journals including Terminus, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore and Poem under the name Christine Kravetz. For the past sixteen years, Christine has taught poetry writing in public schools with the non-profit, California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets).…Read More

Christine Penko is the author of the 2015 poetry collection Thunderbirds—a memoir in poems. Her work is published in a variety of journals including Terminus, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore and Poem under the name Christine Kravetz. For the past sixteen years, Christine has taught poetry writing in public schools with the non-profit, California Poets in the Schools (CalPoets). She also works as Area Coordinator for CalPoets training poet-teachers in Santa Barbara County. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Bennington Writing Seminars and is a Fellow of the SCWrips Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

​Website: find more information about Christine and California Poets in the Schools at http://www.californiapoets.org

Selected publications:  Terminus, Southern Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Poem, and others.

Books:  Thunderbirds (Word Tech Press, Turning Point imprint, 2015)

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Poetry Zone

The Poetry Zone hosts featured readers and an open mic on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Karpeles Manuscript Library. The reading is hosted by Virginia Mariposa Dale.Read More

The Poetry Zone hosts featured readers and an open mic on the 3rd Sunday of each month at the Karpeles Manuscript Library. The reading is hosted by Virginia Mariposa Dale.

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Santa Barbara Poetry Series

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, coordinated by Chryss Yost and George Yatchisin in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library and co-sponsored by Gunpowder Press, is generously supported by Nancy Gifford. For more information see gunpowderpress.com.…Read More

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, coordinated by Chryss Yost and George Yatchisin in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library and co-sponsored by Gunpowder Press, is generously supported by Nancy Gifford. For more information see gunpowderpress.com.

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Spectrum

Spectrum is an annual journal of art and literature published by UC Santa Barbara's College of Creative Studies. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-standing literary magazine in the UC system. We frequently receive and accept submissions from several other distinguished universities outside of the UC system, such as Sarah Lawrence College and Cornell University.…Read More

Spectrum is an annual journal of art and literature published by UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. Founded in 1957, it is the longest-standing literary magazine in the UC system. We frequently receive and accept submissions from several other distinguished universities outside of the UC system, such as Sarah Lawrence College and Cornell University. Over the years, Spectrum has published work by luminaries like Alex Ortolani, Jervey Tervalon, Chris Lauer, William Carlos Williams, and Raymond Carver.

We accept art, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works from everyone, regardless of age or school affiliation. Art can be either black and white, or in color. Any form of poetry and any genre of fiction is allowed; non-fiction works can range from interviews, personal essays, and creative or scholarly essays. We do not follow themes and no subject will be censored.

Read more here.

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The Phoenix (Westmont College)

The Phoenix is Westmont's literary, art, and music publication. Produced by students, the Phoenix features students’ poetry, prose, visual arts, and a CD of student music. For more information, contact the editor at phoenix@westmont.edu.   More here.Read More

The Phoenix is Westmont’s literary, art, and music publication. Produced by students, the Phoenix features students’ poetry, prose, visual arts, and a CD of student music. For more information, contact the editor at phoenix@westmont.edu.   More here.

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Bruce Willard

Bruce Willard’s poems have appeared in African American Review, Agni Online, NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, Harvard Review, Cortland Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, 5 A.M. and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, Holding Ground, was published by Four Way Books (NYC) in 2013.…Read More

Bruce Willard’s poems have appeared in African American Review, Agni Online, NPR’s Writer’s Almanac, Harvard Review, Cortland Review, Ploughshares, Salamander, 5 A.M. and numerous other publications. His first collection of poems, Holding Ground, was published by Four Way Books (NYC) in 2013. Violent Blues, his second book, was published in 2016. Willard is a graduate of Middlebury College with a degree in American Literature and holds an MFA from Bennington College’s Writing Seminars program.

Bruce Willard lives in California, Colorado and Maine. In addition to his work as a poet, Willard currently oversees several retail clothing catalog businesses – 32 Bar Blues, True Measure and Carbon 2 Cobalt. More information is available on http://www.brucewillard.com .

Website:
http://www.brucewillard.com

Books:
Violent Blues 
Holding Ground

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WORD Magazine

Featuring relevant journalism for the local community, WORD explores I.V. culture, current events, trends, and people with an artistic edge. Staffed by UCSB students and Isla Vista community members, the magazine has continued to grow over the last three years, expanding into a critically-acclaimed community-wide publication sponsoring local community events. New Issues come out the 1st day of each quarter.…Read More

Featuring relevant journalism for the local community, WORD explores I.V. culture, current events, trends, and people with an artistic edge.

Staffed by UCSB students and Isla Vista community members, the magazine has continued to grow over the last three years, expanding into a critically-acclaimed community-wide publication sponsoring local community events.

New Issues come out the 1st day of each quarter. They are available for free at Isla Vista businesses, in the green news boxes on Pardall, and at our beloved WORD bench in front of Isla Vista Theater.

WORD Magazine is a special project of UCSB and Isla Vista Arts.

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George Yatchisin

George Yatchisin is the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Feast Days (Flutter Press 2016), a chapbook featuring poems about food and drink. His poems have been published in numerous journals includingAntioch Review, Askew, and Zocalo Public Square.…Read More

George Yatchisin is the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of Feast Days (Flutter Press 2016), a chapbook featuring poems about food and drink. His poems have been published in numerous journals includingAntioch Review, Askew, and Zocalo Public Square. He is the co-editor of the anthology Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art (Gunpowder Press 2015), and his work appears in the anthologies Clash by Night: Poets Respond to The Clash’s “London Calling” (City Lit Press 2015) and Buzz: Poets Respond to SWARM (Gunpowder Press 2014). He also is a freelance food, wine, and cocktail writer for outlets like KCET Food Blog, Sunset, Santa Barbara Independent, and Edible Santa Barbara. He is co-author with Mashey Bernstein of Writing for the Visual Arts (Prentice Hall 2000). He has an MFA from the University of Iowa and a MA from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Selected publications:
Antioch Review, Askew, Boston Review, Gnarled Oak, Maple Leaf Rag VI, Zocalo Public Square, and others
Books:
Feast Days (Flutter Press 2016)
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Chryss Yost

Chryss Yost served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2013-15. Her book of poems, Mouth & Fruit, was published in 2014 by Gunpowder Press, where she is now co-editor. She was selected by Patricia Smith for the Patricia Dobler Prize in poetry and has published two fine press chapbooks. Chryss has co-edited several poetry anthologies, including California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia (Heyday Books, 2001), and most recently Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press, 2015).…Read More

Chryss Yost served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2013-15. Her book of poems, Mouth & Fruit, was published in 2014 by Gunpowder Press, where she is now co-editor. She was selected by Patricia Smith for the Patricia Dobler Prize in poetry and has published two fine press chapbooks. Chryss has co-edited several poetry anthologies, including California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia (Heyday Books, 2001), and most recently Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds and Art (Gunpowder Press, 2015). She teaches poetry to gifted teens through the Santa Barbara Music and Arts Conservatory and is a frequent collaborator on poetry projects with local museums and galleries.

Website:
chryssyost.net

Selected Publications:
Quarterly West, Askew, Hudson Review, Solo, Maple Leaf Rag VI, Miramar, and others

Books:
Mouth & Fruit (Gunpowder Press, 2016)
California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday Books, 2001)