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Poets in the Parks--Inspired at Inspiration Point

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Date: November 15, 2007
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725

Today, the Sunday Poets, a group of distinguished Santa Barbara authors and poets, will make their first “Poets in the Parks” visit to Channel Islands National Park, where they will recite recent works about the islands at Inspiration Point on Anacapa Island.

Nearly five years ago the Sunday Poets group was established, meeting one Sunday a month to share their skills and refine their writings. Each member of the group is a published poet or editor and recognized in the community for literary works. The poets have been writing on the theme of the islands for the past month and will share these during their visit to Anacapa Island. Several will compose new poems as part of their experience on the island.

The Sunday Poets membership includes current Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Perie Longo and past Poet Laureate Barry Spacks, as well as Glenna Luschei, John Ridland, David Starkey, Paul J. Willis, Chryss Yost and Bruce Lee Schmidt.  The poets have published numerous poetry books and collections and serve as editors of literary publications.  Their occupations range from professors at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Westmont College, and Santa Barbara City College, to journal editors and publishers, to a builder of custom homes.

The poetry readings will be featured on Santa Barbara Channels Public Access Television as a special feature “Poetry on the Islands” on the program The Creative Community on Channel 21. For program listing dates and times visit: www.sbchannel.tv

The poets’ trip to Anacapa Island is sponsored by the Channel Islands Park Foundation, a non-profit organization recently formed to support Channel Islands National Park.  The Foundation plans to organize and sponsor future events to highlight these spectacular island resources.

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