Poetry and Spoken & Written Word

Malibu Poet Laureate - Call for Artists 2019-2021

The City of Malibu and Cultural Arts Commission is pleased to announce the search for its second Poet Laureate.  The selected candidate will inspire and elevate the literary arts while representing the City of Malibu for a two-year term.  Applications must be completed and submitted to the City of Malibu by January 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM.  The application packet may be viewed on the Malibu Arts and Culture website. 

Duties
The responsibilities of the Poet Laureate candidate will include, but are not limited to: 
  • Acting as the official Consultant in Poetry to the City of Malibu and the Malibu Library.
  • Participating in and/or creating one Invitational each year.
  • Representing Malibu at literary and poetry events.
  • Working with the Laureate Committee to further the literary arts in local schools and as an advocate for poetry and written and spoken word. 
Term and Agreement 
  • The Poet Laureate position is a two year term that will formally commence with the presentation at a pre-determined City Council Meeting.
  • The term of the Poet Laureate will begin on March 28, 2019 and conclude on March 27, 2021.
  • The Poet Laureate will receive an annual stipend of $2,000. 
  • The candidate will be required to sign an Agreement with the City of Malibu to be eligible to receive the stipend.
Application Process
Applications, cover letter and required documents must be submitted to the City of Malibu by January 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Application packets may be submitted online or in person at Malibu City Hall.  The application packet may be viewed on the Malibu Arts and Culture website. 

Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel consisting of members of the Malibu and Pepperdine University poetry and arts community.  To receive a list of names of the selection panel please Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director at 310.456.2489, ext. 350 or by email at KRiesgo@malibucity.org.  

Application Criteria 
Position is open to Malibu citizens and affiliates who take the City and its mission to heart.  A cover letter must be included with the application that addresses the following:
  • A detailed description of your affiliation to Malibu 
  • In what ways do you see yourself engaging with the Malibu community as an ambassador of poetry?
  • In what ways have you supported and continue to participate in the poetry of Malibu?
  • In what ways to you share an interest in the issues and elements contained Malibu's Mission Statement?
  • Applicants must also submit a completed application and original published or unpublished poems or excerpts - up to five poems, but no more than 10 pages.  
Nomination Process
In addition to the direct application procedure, Malibu residents may also nominate a Malibu Poet Laureate candidate.  To nominate an individual, the resident must complete the appropriate Malibu Poet Laureate Nomination form and submit it by December 21, 2018.  

Contact 
For questions contact Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director at 310.456.2489, ext. 350 or by email at KRiesgo@malibucity.org.  Please do not send submissions directly to to this email address.  


Poet Laureate History

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.  Poet Laureate past programs.