Spoken & Written Word

Malibu Poet Laureate-

newly created in 2017 


At the City Council meeting on Monday, November 14, 2016, the Council approved a recommendation to create Malibu’s first Poet Laureate. The proposal was brought to the Cultural Arts Commission by Malibu resident Ann Buxie, who coordinates the long-standing regular community poetry and storytelling event “Tales by the Sea.” The proposal was first reviewed in September by the Cultural Arts Commission, which fully supported the idea and recommended the program to the City Council.

After a lengthy submission and review process, the Poet Laureate Review Committee selected and recommended Ricardo Means Ybarra.  
Mr. Ricardo Means Ybarra began his appointment as the first Malibu Poet Laureate on March 28, 2017.  

Since being appointed, he has worked with Malibu fifth grade students on writing and developing their own poetry and has hosted several invitational events.  For more information on the Poet Laureate