Poetry and Spoken & Written Word

City of Malibu Poet Laureate Programs 

The Malibu Poet Laureate Committee plans to host a variety of virtual workshops and readings in 2021. 

Community Programs 

Caffeinated Verse
The complimentary poetry program includes a featured reader, followed by an open mic format for poets to
share their work with the Malibu community.  The program is organized by Malibu Poet Laureate Dr. John Struloeff in coordination with the Malibu Poet Laureate Committee. Programs will be held virtually. Please RSVP by calling 310-456-2489, ext. 349 or email or RSVP online.  Co-sponsored by the City of Malibu and Friends of the Malibu Public Library. 

  • April 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM, RSVP
Poetry Workshops
Malibu Poet Laureate Dr. John Struloeff will lead Poetry Workshops and give writers prompts and methods to
progress as a poet. In an encouraging and inspiring setting, writers will be motivated to create new literary pieces. The complimentary workshop will be held virtually. Please RSVP by calling 310-456-2489, ext. 349 or email or RSVP online. Co-sponsored by the City of Malibu and Friends of the Malibu Public Library.  

  • March 13, 2021 at 11:00 AM, RSVP
  • May 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM, RSVP
Tales by the Sea
Storytelling concerts for adults. These feature stories from a variety of cultures and are an opportunity to see people and situations through the personal experiences and humor of each teller.

Poetry by the Sea
Quarterly poetry concerts that bring to life the concerns and passions of this age. Each poetry concert includes an open mic after the featured poets.

2021 Malibu Poetry Anthology

Malibu Poet Laureate John Struloeff, with support from the Poet Laureate Committee and the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, is 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: 

  1. Poems that depict the contributor’s Malibu life (a description of their professional, artistic, or daily life) or 
  2. 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. The City will accept online submissions through Friday, April 9. 

Poet Laureate 2021-2023 Call for Submissions
The Malibu City Council and Malibu Cultural Arts Commission has opened the application and nomination 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 five-member panel of the Poet Laureate Committee.

  • Application submission period: April 5 to May 21, 2021
  • Review Period: June 2021 to August 2021
  • Appointment: September 2021
  • Term: September 2021 to September 2023

Submit an application to the City of Malibu and 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.