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. The moon and her waves We are like the moon and the wavesA pull felt from millions awayRegardless left untouched Sustaining life around usThen devastating in wavestsunamisAnd bouts of anger An existence frighteningly […]
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.
The Carol DeCanio Abeles Emerging Poets Prize offers 3 prizes, up to $500, for an original poem! Open to Santa Barbara County poets (age 18 or older) who have not yet published a full-length collection of poems. Send up to 3 poems per entry by March 15, 2022. Learn more here.