The Santa Barbara Poetry Series Celebrates Peter Karoff

Posted on Oct 13 by SEASONS Magazine

Karoff's "Parable" and "To Give Life a Shape," courtesy of SB Poetry.

Karoff’s “Parable” and “To Give Life a Shape,” courtesy of SB Poetry.

The Santa Barbara Poetry Series presents a Community Celebration for two new books on Sunday, October 15 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Public Library (40 E. Anapamu St.). The two new books being welcomed are Parable, poems by Peter Karoff and To Give Life a Shape: Poems Inspired by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art edited by David Starkey and Chryss Yost

The event will include Deb Karoff (daughter of Peter Karoff), Perie Longo (former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate) and Ken Saxon (president of the nonprofit support group Leading from Within), will read poems from Parable and provide remembrances of the late Peter. Before his passing, Peter established an endowment that benefits the Santa Barbara Poetry Series and SB Poetry.

The second portion of the evening will feature readings from the poets in the anthology To Give Life a Shape. Readers will be chosen by random drawing to give an added level of excitement to the evening. This collection features 40 poets from the Central Coast and is in conjunction with the Shoreline Voices Project published by Gunpowder Press. This evening will also provide the opportunity for celebrating poets to get their own copy of the book.

Peter Karoff’s poems have been published widely in anthologies and periodicals. Parable is his first book of poems but he wrote and published a prior book detailing the moral and ethical dimensions of philanthropy entitled The World We Want—New Dimensions in Philanthropy. He was a graduate of Brandeis University in 1958 and completed an MFA in Writing from Columbia in 1988. It was there that he received the celebrated Benjamin Burns Poetry Prize. Karoff also received accolades from the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where he was made a fellow in 1989. He received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Lesley University in 2002 and in 2006 became a Purpose Prize Fellow.

For more information, visit sbplibrary.org or call 805/564-5608.

—Lauren Bennet

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