Malibu Poet Laureate
Ellen Reich was appointed as the Malibu Poet Laureate by the Malibu City Council on March 11, 2019. Her term as the Malibu Poet Laureate began on March 28, 2019 and will conclude March 27, 2021. Reich’s spirit and ideative poetry, along with her relentless devotion to the development of poetry in Malibu since 1974, made her the ideal artist to hold the position of Malibu Poet Laureate.
In addition to being the Malibu Poet Laureate, Reich currently teaches creative writing and autobiography in Malibu for Emeritus College, a division of Santa Monica College. Hundreds of her poems and stories have been published in Los Angeles Times, Slant, Mudfish, Slipstream, ACM, Coe Review, and other publications. She has won writing awards from DA Center for the Arts, Blue Unicorn, Cape Cod Times, and others. She was nominated for Pushcart Prizes in 2008 and 2009 and was a finalist in the 2006 Spire Poetry Book Award, the 2005 Flume Press Poetry Contest, and the 2004 Pearl Poetry Prize. A collection of her poetry along with three others is entitled 4 Los Angeles Poets. Her chapbook Reverse Kiss was editor’s choice and published by Main Street Rag. Her poetry book, The Sleeping Guardian was published by Finishing Line Press. Her latest full-length book, Sacrifices Have to be Human is from Tebot Bach Press.
LA Times as a poet and artist.
PAST POET LAUREATE
Ricardo Means Ybarra March 28, 2017 – March 27, 2019
January 18, 2020 - Strictly Poetry Workshop for Adults
March 21, 2020 - Strictly Poetry Workshop for Adults
May 16, 2020 - Strictly Poetry Workshop for Adults
Please RSVP to the free Strictly Poetry Workshops scheduled at the Michael Landon Center at Malibu Bluffs Park.