Academy of American Poets has recognized as a Poet Laureate Fellow Emma Trelles, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Fellow! Emma is the series editor for Gunpowder’s Alta California Chapbook Prize. Gunpowder is committed to bringing the words of Latinx poets to as wide an audience as possible. Thank you to the Academy of American Poets for […]
Gunpowder Press welcomes Santa Barbara’s first Youth Poet Laureate, Madeline Miller! We are honored to present her poem below. america in june america, i love youwith no stars in my eyeslove like each cell of my own bodydying out of duty, letting me live. love like a mothercleaning the feces off her infant childboth of […]
Gunpowder Press welcomes our community’s first Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, Kundai Chikowero! We are honored to present one of her poems here. About Kundai Chikowero Kundai Chikowero is in the University Honors Program, double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, and holds several awards at California Lutheran University. She is a proactive activist for social justice, […]
The Barry Spacks Poetry Prize includes publication, $1000, and 50 copies of your book. We are thrilled to announce Danusha Lamerís as our final judge for 2022! Read more here.
Congratulations to winner Carol Ann Wilburn, and runners-up Susan Chiavelli, and Dairine Pearson! Read the selected poems here.
Congratulations, young poets! Read the winning poems submitted by participants in Santa Barbara County’s California Poets in the Schools program.