April is Poetry Month

Welcome to Santa Barbara’s new Poet Laureate, Laure-Anne Bosselaar!
Thanks to outgoing Poet Laureate Enid Osborn for her service and for organizing this calendar.

Apr 1 –
Apr 30
Window display: Poems written by SB Elementary Students  Chaucer’s Books  Loreto Plaza 
3321 State St.
By Carol DeCanio Abeles
& Chaucer’s Books 
Mon Apr 1
Virginia Mariposa Dale reads and signs her chapbook American Narcissist: A Selection of Poems, Volume 1  Chaucer’s Books  Loreto Plaza 
3321 State St.
Host: Mary Hershey 
Tue Apr 2
Spirits in the Air: Potent Potable Poetry 
Featuring Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Susan Chiavelli, Natalie D-Napoleon, Amy Michelson, Diana Raab, Linda Saccoccio, David Starkey, Emma Trelles, George Yatchisin & Chryss Yost
The Good Lion
1212 State St.
Host: George Yatchisin 
Wed Apr 3
Exquisite Corpse Poetry for Teens:  Collective, collaborative poems created on  vintage typewriters  Central Library Tech Lab
40 E. Anapamu 
Host: Simon Kiefer  In partnership with SB Public Library
Thu Apr 4
Montecito Poetry Club presents  Studied Poet: Rudyard Kipling  Montecito Library 
1469 E. Valley Rd.
Host: Carole Baral 
Thu Apr 4
Reception for On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda—a Fine Art Book by Mary Heebner + poetry reading surprise!  City Hall Gallery 
735 Anacapa at De La Guerra Plaza 
Host: SB Office of Arts & Culture 
Thu Apr 4
Eric Kelley celebrates 40 years as Book Den owner! Thank you, Eric! 
Thu Apr 4
Haiku 4 U – receive a free Haiku poem  created for you on the spot by young, emerging poets, using vintage typewriters OR type one out for yourself  Youth Interactive 
2219 State St.
Host: Simon Kiefer in partnership with Youth Interactive 
Sat Apr 6
Mary Freericks reads and signs her new  book, Cheer for Freedom!  Glenn Dallas Gallery  1927 State St. 
Sun Apr 7
Santa Barbara Poetry Series: SB Poet Laureate Laure-Anne Bosselaar + Emma Trelles + student poet Taylor Tejada Central Library  Faulkner Gallery  40 E. Anapamu George Yatchisin & Chryss Yost in partnership with SB Public Library 
Wed Apr 10
Poet sign-up
$10 General/ Students $5
$ goes to poet prizes
Poetry Slam Santa Barbara! Dargan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
18 E. Ortega St.
Host: Sid Zagri Sponsor: Paul Dargan
Wed Apr 10
Westmont Reading Series Featured Poet: Kristin George Bagdanov Kerrwood Hall
Westmont College
955 La Paz Rd.
Host: Paul Willis
Sat Apr 13
Mission Poetry Series Gudrun Bortman, Francisco Aragon & Lory Bedikian Central Library
Faulkner Gallery
40 E. Anapamu
Hosts: Emma Trelles & Mark Zolezzi in partnership with SB Public Library
Sun Apr 14
California Poets in the Schools Annual Student Reading SB Museum of Art
1130 State St.
– Lower Level
Host: Christine Kravetz
Sun Apr 14
Poetry Zone: Linda Saccoccio + Michelle Detorie + OPEN MIC Karpeles Manuscript Library
21 W. Anapamu
Host: Virginia Mariposa Dale
Tue Apr 16
Favorite Poem Reading -“FAVES” OPEN MIC—read a poem, not your own Central Library
2nd Floor
40 E. Anapamu
Host: Lois Klein
Tue Apr 16
Social Justice Book Club reads Life on Mars by U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith Central Library
40 E. Anapamu
Host: Jace Turner
Wed Apr 17
New Books: Paul Willis reads and signs Little Rhymes for Lowly Plants + Laure-Anne Bosselaar reads and signs These Many Rooms Chaucer’s Books
Loreto Plaza
3321 State Street
Host: Mary Hershey
Sat Apr 20
$5 Donation appreciated
Blue Whale Poetry Series: Lee Rossi + Florence Weinberger + OPEN MIC Jefferson Hall
SB Unitarian Society
1535 Santa Barbara St.
(located on the sunken lawn South)
Host: Ron Alexander
Wed Apr 24
Book release party: George Yatchisin reads and signs his new book The First Night We Thought the World Would End book sales + no host food and drink Café Ana
1201 Anacapa
Fri Apr 26
Winners of the 4th Annual Luschei Family Poetry Contest—one adult, one teen and one child—will read! Judges will also read! NEW Carpinteria Arts Center
855 Linden Ave.
Sponsored by Glenna Luschei & Carpinteria Arts Center
Sat Apr 27
Earth Day Poets & Authors read + sign books: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Doyle Hollister, Cynthia Carbone Ward, Rick Sawyer + drinks, food, local honey, mead tasting Tecolote Book Shop Courtyard
Upper Village, Montecito
Host: Rick Sawyer
Sun Apr 28
Authors check in at 1:45
Book Sampler: Authors of poetry books released May 2018-Apr 2019 will read 2 poems each + sell books! Advance sign up: enidosborn.greenpoet@gmail.com Carrillo Rec Center
The Founders’ Room
100 E. Carrillo Street
Host: Enid Osborn