Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Laure-Anne Bosselaar has edited a collection of original poems from 80 poets across Santa Barbara County. Available for advance purchase here and from local bookstores beginning in April 2021.
Envisioned as a collection to support people as they wait—especially during waiting times that can be stressful, anxious, or simply boring—the book has also been adapted to a Covid-safe website, so readers can easily and safely access poems from their smartphones online at whileyouwait.org.
While You Wait includes poems by: Ronald A. Alexander, Lisl Auf der Heide, Rick Benjamin, Ann Bennett, Elizabeth Blakeslee, Gudrun Bortman, Jessica Bortman, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, M. L. Brown, Christopher Buckley, Molly Jane Burns, José María Carpizo, Katherine Casey, Eric M. Castro, Susan Chiavelli, Kundai Chikowero, Clayton Clark, Susan Read Cronin, Frances Davis, Pamela Davis, Margarita Delcheva, Camille Diehl, Danielle Diehl, Andrea Ellickson, Joshua Escobar, Mary Freericks, Maya Shaw Gale, Louise Borad Gerber, Christina Gessler, Cie Gumucio, Ellen Hayward, Roy Hildestad, Barbara Holguin, Linda L. Holland, Rebecca Horrigan, Ibn Salma Ibrahim, e. j., Eliot Jacobson, Finn Janssen, Luci Janssen, Ellen Chavez Kelley, Lois Klein, James Ph. Kotsybar, Nancy Lee, Shirley Geok-lin Lim, Perie Longo, Jacqueline Lunianski, Teddy Macker, Gracie Meinzer, Claudine Michel, Kathee Miller, Anne Neubauer, Enid Osborn, Dairine Pearson, Christine Penko, Peg Quinn, Diana Raab, Tamara Zdenek Riley, Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Shelly Rosen, Nicolasa I. Sandoval, Lauren Schweitzer, Greg Spencer, David Starkey, Daniel Thomas, Emma Trelles, Jace Turner, Sydney Vogel, Isabelle Walker, Kaelie Walker, Mark Walker, Carol Ann Wilburn, Bruce Willard, Paul Willis, Ann Michener Winter, George Yatchisin, Estella Ye, Olivia York, Chryss Yost, Marilee Zdenek.