City of Malibu Launches “Pizza and Poetry” with Malibu Poet Laureate to Bring Poetry to the People
(Malibu, CA) – The City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and Malibu Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra launched the second round of “Pizza and Poetry,” a fun and creative way to promote poetry education and appreciation among youth in the community.
“Malibu’s Poet Laureate breathes new life into the creative spirit of the City,” Mayor Rick Mullen said. “This wonderful program inspires young people to learn how to master language and find new ways to express themselves.”
“There is nothing better than Poetry with Pizza,” Means Ybarra said. “You may find them spicy or cheesy or a combination of the two — depends on the toppings. Our students say a pie and a poem are best enjoyed with friends.”
For Pizza and Poetry, the Poet Laureate is partnering with D’Amores Pizza and Spruzzo Restaurant who will deliver poems with pizzas written by Juan Cabrillo fourth and fifth grade students and Malibu high school students. The poems were written by students who participated in poetry workshops directed by the Poet Laureate and funded through the City of Malibu’s Art in Education Program.
The Poet Laureate program was created by the City Council created in November 2016, and Means Ybarra was appointed the City’s first Poet Laureate. The Poet Laureate is selected by a panel under the guidance of Dr. John Struleoff, Chair of the Creative Writing Department at Pepperdine University. Dr. Struleoff is an Esteemed Writing Fellow of the National Endowment for the Arts and Wallace Stegner Program at Stanford University.