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SBBPL: Write a Poem About the Channel Islands with Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, Emma Trelles

April 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Stop by the Library on the Go van at Shoreline Park and learn how to write an acrostic poem** with Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, Emma Trelles.

Poets can also choose to submit their poem for consideration to be added in the Library’s Poetry Walk Contest (more details coming soon).

Paper, pencils, pens, and writing prompts will be provided.

Featuring live, acoustic music by Mark Zolezzi.

**Acrostic Poem: A poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word, name, or phrase when read vertically. (

Here’s an acrostic Emma Trelles wrote called “Guise” for the anthology Big Enough for Words: Poems and vintage photographs from California’s Central Coast (Gunpowder Press). The word that it spells out is “Women.”

Emma Trelles is the poet laureate of Santa Barbara and the author of Tropicalia (U. of Notre Dame Press), winner of the Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. The daughter of Cuban immigrants, she has received poetry fellowships from CantoMundo and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Recent work is forthcoming or has appeared in Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Culture; The Cortland Review; the New England Review; and Pedestal Magazine. She teaches at Santa Barbara City College and curates the Mission Poetry Series.

Mark Zolezzi is a musician and has worked as a bookseller for 20 years in both college and independent bookstores. He has performed in many venues and festivals, including the Art Center of South Florida; South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, Florida; the Miami Book Fair;  and the City Link Music Festival. He has released albums under the Ant Lunch Musick and Hotown Records labels and lives with his wife in Santa Barbara, where he is the textbook and tradebook buyer at Santa Barbara City College and serves at times as a community radio deejay at – 91.9 FM.


Shoreline Park
Shoreline Dr & Santa Rosa Place
Santa Barbara, CA 93109 United States
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