CITY OF SANTA BARBARA POET LAUREATE
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 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 his or her term of service.
The next Poet Laureate will be selected in April of 2019 and nominations will begin January 2019.
Current Poet Laureate
2017-2019 Enid Osborn
Past Poets Laureate
2015-2017 Sojourner Kincaid Rolle
2013-2015 Chryss Yost
2011-2013 Paul Willis
2009-2011 David Starkey
2007-2009 Perie Longo
2005-2007 Barry Spack