North West Words
North West Words, Donegal’s leading spoken word poetry series and online magazine presents a special Earagail Arts Festival featuring the Santa Barbara Poets Laureate.
David Starkey (Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, 2009-2011) directs the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College, where he is Professor of English. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series.
Paul Willis (Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, 2011-2013) is a Professor of English at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he has taught creative writing and British Renaissance literature since 1988. His three full collections of poems are Visiting Home (Pecan Grove Press, 2008), Rosing from the Dead (WordFarm, 2009), and Say This Prayer into the Past (Cascade Books, 2013).
Chryss Yost (Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, 2013-2015) has published two fine-press chapbooks and has co-edited major poetry anthologies, including California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present (Heyday, 2003). Her first full-length book, Mouth & Fruit, was published by Gunpowder Press in 2014. She has since become a co-editor at the press, which is named to honour Barbara of Nicomedia, patron saint of gunpowder.