Poet Laureate Program
Malibu Poet Laureate Dr. John Struloeff will host free poetry programs in 2020-2021. Please join him and the Poet Laureate Committee virtually. All programs begin at 11:00 AM and an RSVP is required by completing the online form linked on the dates below.
2021 Malibu Poetry Anthology
Malibu Poet Laureate John Struloeff, with support from the Poet Laureate Committee and the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, will soon be seeking poems from Malibu community members for an 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. Since many community members have come to Malibu from elsewhere, potential contributors are encouraged to focus on two facets of their lives:
- Poems that depict the contributor’s Malibu life (a description of their professional, artistic, or daily life) or
- Poems that describe a previous time and setting in the contributor's life (where they grew up or where they spent a significant portion of their earlier adult lives).
Vivid description and specific detail will be key to a successful submission, to allow the readers to immerse themselves in the diverse lives and identities that make up Malibu. Deadline: Friday, April 9. The submission requirements and form will be posted on this site in the upcoming weeks. To receive a notification about the project, please sign-up for , "Call to Artist."
Poet Laureate 2021-2023 Call for Submissions
The Malibu City Council and Malibu Cultural Arts Commission will be opening the application period for the 2021-2023 Poet Laureate. The selected Poet Laureate will serve a 2-year term and is expected to carry on the duties as the official consultant in Poetry to the City of Malibu.
The open call is for Malibu citizens and affiliates who have a passion for promoting and enhancing the literary arts in Malibu. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of the Poet Laureate Committee.
- Application submission period: April 5 to May 21, 2021
- Nomination period: April 5 to April 16, 2021
- Review Period: June to August 2021
- Appointment: September 2021
- Term: September 2021 to September 2023
Applicants must submit an application to the City of Malibu that should include poetry samples, information about the applicant's affiliation to Malibu, and an interest statement.
To receive a notification on the opening of the application submission period, please sign-up for E-notifications, "Call to Artist." 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 Laureate
Dr. John Struloeff was appointed the Malibu Poet Laureate by the Malibu City Council on October 12, 2020. Dr. Struloeff serves as the City's third Malibu Poet Laureate who will serve until June 1, 2021.
Dr. Struloeff is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Pepperdine University and has been involved in the City's Poet Laureate program since its inception. He is the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sozopol Fiction Fellowship from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (Bulgaria), and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Additionally, Dr. Struloeff's work has been published in more than 50 literary journals and magazines.
PAST POET LAUREATES
Ellen Reich March 28, 2019 - April 1, 2020 Ricardo Means Ybarra March 28, 2017 – March 27, 2019