Enjoy the Contemporary Arts Forum Santa Barbara Poetry Series with readings by Bay Area and Ventura Poets on Saturday, February 4 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at CAF in Paseo Nuevo.
Dean Rader, a Professor of English at the University of San Francisco, was awarded the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize for his debut collection, Works & Days. His poem, “Twilight at Ocean Beach: 14,” was names by Verse Daily as one of the best poems of 2010, and others have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Louis Hammer Award judged by David Lehman.
Jan Steckle is an Oakland retired pediatrician, a bisexual and disability rights activist, and a poet and writer. Her chapbook The Underwater Hospital won a Rainbow Award for lesbian and bisexual poetry. Her Mixing Track won the Gertrude Press fiction chapbook award. Her first full-length poetry book, The Horizontal Poet, is just out from Zeitgeist Press.
Elijah Imlay, a Ventura resident, is the recipient of three Artist Fellowship Awards from the City of Ventura as well as Honorable Mention awards in three national poetry competitions. His poems have been published in anthologies and literary journals, and he has been a Pushcart Prize nominee. His book Monsoon Blues is about his enlistment as a clarinetist in one of the seventeen army bands stationed in Viet Nam during the war.
For more information contact Carol DeCanio at 805/966-1423 or visit www.santabarbarapoetryseries.org.