Poet Laureate Program

2021 - 2023 Malibu Poet Laureate

The Malibu Poet Laureate Committee will recommend the 2021-2023 Poet Laureate, to the Malibu Arts Commission in July 2021. The Commission will provide their recommendation for City Council approval by September 2021.

  • Review Period: June to September 2021
  • Appointment: September 2021
  • Term: September 2021 to September 2023

The selected Poet Laureate will serve a 2-year term and carry on the duties as the official consultant in Poetry to the City of Malibu.  

Questions related to the Poet Laureate program, call for submissions, application process or cultural arts programming may be directed to Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director. 

Malibu Poet Laureates

Dr. John StruloeffOctober 2020 - June 2021
Ellen ReichMarch 2019 - April 2020
Ricardo Means YbarraMarch 2017 - March 2019


2021 Malibu Poetry Anthology 
Malibu Poet Laureate John Struloeff, with support from the Poet Laureate Committee and the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, will publish a Malibu community anthology on the theme of ‘Who We Are.’ The anthology will include biographical information in addition to the poem from each chosen contributor, to help us better understand our community.

The Call to Artists is closed and the Anthology will be distributed in June 2021. 

Questions related to the Community Anthology may be directed to
Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director or call (310) 456-2489, ext. 349.