The Malibu Poet Laureate Committee and Malibu Arts Commission will recommend the City of Malibu's fourth Poet Laureate this fall for City Council approval. The Malibu Poet Laureate will serve a two-year term from 2021 - 2023 and work towards advancing the literary arts in Malibu.
Past Poet Laureates
Dr. John StruloeffOctober 12, 2019 - June 1, 2021 Ellen ReichMarch 28, 2019 - April 1, 2020 Ricardo Means YbarraMarch 28, 2017 – March 27, 2019
Verse About Town
Poetry from Poet Laureates and contributing artists will be displayed in City parks and facilities during the summer 2021 season.
In 2018, the Cultural Arts Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission approved the placement of two poetry stones at Legacy Park. The stones were placed in honor of the City’s first Poet Laureate, Ricardo Means Ybarra, and recognized the importance of poetry and literary arts to Malibu. Mr. Ybarra was recognized as the first Poet Laureate with a stone that contains a portion of his poem, America. The second stone included the poem, Thank You, by Mandy Mulligan, a graduate of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, part of the City’s Arts in Education program. The stone installation of the City’s second Poet Laureate Ellen Reich, took place on October 8, 2020. Her black Belgian stone is an appropriate fit for the native park and includes her poem, Interruption of Bird.
All of the poetry stones are located at Legacy Park. Mrs. Reich’s poetry stone is placed opposite of Mr. Ybarra’s, near the amphitheater overlooking the water, which was selected due to its purpose as a place for creativity and location for cultural events. Ms. Mulligan’s stone is placed in the amphitheater containing multiple mosaic animal sculptures.