Summer Poetry Workshop To Take Place at AUSB in August

Joined by her colleagues David Starkey and Chryss Yost, local poet Perie Longo hosted the 15th annual Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop at Antioch University Santa Barbara on August 22-23.

Together these distinguished poetry leaders guided participants through the many aspects of poetry writing by means of writing exercises, poetry discussions, reading poetry, and publication advice. Participants gained a greater understanding of the art of poetry and how to develop a unique writing voice.

This is the first time that Perie has held her annual workshop at AUSB. “I welcomed the invitation to move the workshop to Antioch’s beautiful downtown campus with its spacious classrooms, convenience, affiliation with the university, and most importantly, the helpfulness of President Dr. Nancy Leffert and staff,” Perie said.

The workshop was at its full capacity of 20 people and included two AUSB students – Cristina Marquez and Erin Ingalls – who were awarded scholarships to attend.

About the Poets:

Perie Longo, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2007-2009), has published four poetry collections, most recently Baggage Claim (2014), and has frequently appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. For many years, she has led poetry workshops for the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, California-Poets-in-the-Schools, and privately. She has been a textbook contributor of chapters titled “The Magic of Metaphor,” “Turning the Darkness Down: Poetry as Therapy,” and “Poetry and Emotional Intelligence.” In 2005, she was invited to the University of Kuwait to speak on Writing Poetry as a Way to Peace. In 2012 she was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communication, Santa Barbara Chapter. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and on the staff of the UCLA Arts and Healing program. Perie also read a selection of her poems in February 2015 at AUSB at the “Love, Longing, Lust” poetry reading.

David Starkey, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2009-2011) and recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards, is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College; hosts “The Creative Community,” an arts-oriented television program; and is the author of textbooks Keywords in Creative Writing and Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief, 2nd edition, as well as several books of poetry, most recently Like a Soprano. Other titles include: Circus Maximus. It Must Be Like the World, A Few Things You Should Know about the Weasel, Ways of Being Dead: New and Selected Poems, Adventures of the Minor Poet, and Starkey’s Book of States. He is the editor and publisher of Gunpowder Press. David also serves as the Coordinating Consultant for the MFA program in Writing and Contemporary Media currently being developed at AUSB, and in December 2014, he hosted “Like A Soprano,” a poetry reading celebrating The Sopranos television series, on the AUSB campus.

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. 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 , and most recently Buzz: Poets Respond to Swarm. 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.


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