Malibu Poet Laureate

The Malibu Poet Laureate Committee and Malibu Arts Commission will recommend the City of Malibu's fourth Poet Laureate this fall for City Council approval. The Malibu Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term from 2021 - 2023 and work towards advancing the literary arts in Malibu. 

Past Poet Laureates

Dr. John Struloeff October 12, 2019 - June 1, 2021
Ellen Reich                              March 28, 2019 - April 1, 2020                               
Ricardo Means Ybarra            March 28, 2017 – March 27, 2019

: Ellen Reich was appointed as the Malibu Poet Laureate by the Malibu City Council on March 11, 2019. Mrs. Reich served one year, before her passing in May of 2020.  Her spirit and ideative poetry, along with her relentless devotion to the development of poetry in Malibu made a lasting impression on the community. The City of Malibu and the entire Malibu community mourn the loss of Mrs. Reich. Read the City press release and watch the City video for her poetry stone dedication here.

Poetry Stones at Legacy Park

In 2018, the Cultural Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission approved the placement of two poetry stones at Legacy Park. The stones were placed in honor of the City’s first Poet Laureate, Ricardo Means Ybarra, and recognized the importance of poetry and literary arts to Malibu. Mr. Ybarra was recognized as the first Poet Laureate with a stone that contains a portion of his poem, America. The second stone included the poem, Thank You, by Mandy Mulligan, a graduate of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, part of the City’s Arts in Education program. The stone installation of the City’s second Poet Laureate Ellen Reich, took place on October 8, 2020.  Her black Belgian stone is an appropriate fit for the native park and includes her poem, Interruption of Bird.


All of the poetry stones are located at Legacy Park. Mrs. Reich’s poetry stone is placed opposite of Mr. Ybarra’s, near the amphitheater overlooking the water, which was selected due to its purpose as a place for creativity and location for cultural events. Ms. Mulligan’s stone is placed in the amphitheater containing multiple mosaic animal sculptures.