Poet Laureate Program

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.

The City of Malibu and the entire Malibu community mourn the loss of Ellen Reich, Malibu Poet Laureate, who passed away on May 1, 2020. Read the City press release.


Ricardo Means Ybarra               March 28, 2017 – March 27, 2019

While working with the City's Poet Laureate, the Poet Laureate Committee, have established a variety of poetry programs, arts outreach programs, partnerships and poetry awareness in the Malibu community.  Programs include:
  • Arts and Education Programs 
  • Strictly Poetry Adult Poetry Workshops
  • Pizza and Poetry
  • Call to the Wall, Poetry Summit 
  • Annual Poetry Anthology 
  • Caffeinated Verse Open Mic Poetry Readings 
  • Poetry Stones at Legacy Park 
  • Poetry Readings at Special Events 
  • Partnership programs with Pepperdine University