CITY OF SANTA BARBARA POET LAUREATE
Poet Laureate 2019-2021
About the poet laureate program:
The City of Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Program was established in 2005 to inspire and remind the local community of the power and beauty of poetry and the spoken word. The Poet Laureate is a local resident and distinguished poet tasked with seeking to advance awareness of and appreciation for literary arts and humanities within the greater Santa Barbara community. The Poet Laureate represents and celebrates the diversity and history of Santa Barbara as well as being a spokesperson for the City’s literary community, the Poet Laureate shall endeavor to promote the artistic achievements of the City of Santa Barbara and shall actively participate in ceremonial, educational, and cultural activities in the community at various times throughout their term of service.
The past April of 2019, the Santa Barbara County office of Arts and Culture selected Laure-Anne Bosselaar as the Poet Laureate to lead, inspire, and encourage poetry and creativity in the Santa Barbara community.
About Laure-Anne Bosselaar:
Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium and then moved to the United States in 1987. She is the author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf, Small Gods of Grief, winner of the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry, and A New Hunger which was selected as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. She is a nationally recognized poet and has been reviewed in The Washington Post, Georgia Review, Ploughshares, AGNI, Askew, Miramar, and many others. She has edited a number of anthologies like Night Out: Poems about Hotels, Motels, Restaurants and Bars, Outsiders: Poems about Rebels, Exiles, and Renegades, Urban Nature: Poems about Wildlife in the Cities, and Never Before: Poems about First Experiences. She has also taught at a number of colleges and conferences including Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence College, UCSB, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Florida.
Listen to Laure-Anne Bosselaar read one of her poems from her latest book, These Many Rooms, which came out from Four Way Books in 2019.
The next Poet Laureate will be selected in April of 2021.
The Santa Barbara Public Library serves as the home of the Poet Laureate Program and a major partner in the stewardship of this program, as well as hosting the Santa Barbara Poetry Series. Learn more about the library's events supporting the series and the literary arts as well as other artistic disciplines here.
In July 2018, three of our Past Poets Laureate traveled to Ireland! Learn more about their adventure.