Malibu Searching For Fourth-Ever Poet Laureate

Dr. John Struloeff, Malibu's current poet laureate

Ricardo Means Ybarra, Ellen Reich, Dr. John Struloeff and next … you? The City of Malibu has begun its search for its next poet laureate. The position, which was created in 2016, entails leading poetry workshops and overseeing the city’s annual poetry anthology. The winner of the position will serve from 2021-23, a two-year term. 

The current poet laureate is Dr. John Struloeff, an accomplished and widely published poet who also serves as the director of creative writing at Pepperdine University. Struloeff will host his last final free poetry program on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. All Malibuites are invited to attend. 

The application period runs until Friday, May 21. Malibu citizens and affiliates “who have a passion for promoting and enhancing the literary arts in Malibu” are invited to apply, according to the city’s website. Applicants must submit poetry samples, information about themselves and their affiliation to Malibu and an interest statement via the city’s website; those will be reviewed by the city’s Poet Laureate Committee. The chosen poet will be revealed in September 2021. 

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