Malibu Poet Laureate
Dr. John Struloeff
Dr. John Struloeff was appointed the Malibu Poet Laureate by the Malibu City Council on October 12, 2020.
Dr. Struloeff serves as the City's third Malibu Poet Laureate, who will serve until June 1, 2021. He follows past Malibu Poets Laureate Ellen Reich, who passed away in May of this year, and Ricardo Means Ybarra, the City’s first Poet Laureate.
He is the Director of Creative Writing at Pepperdine University and has been involved in the City's Poet Laureate program since its inception.
He is the recipient of multiple literary awards, including the Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Sozopol Fiction Fellowship from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (Bulgaria) and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Additionally, Dr. Struloeff's work has been published in more than 50 literary journals and magazines.
While working with the Malibu Poet Laureate Committee, Dr. Struloeff will host a series of free monthly poetry programs in 2020. Join the Poet Laureate at Caffeinated Verse on Saturday, October 24 at 11:00 AM, which will include Dr. Struloeff as the featured reader, followed by an open-mic format. Additional poetry programs will take place on November 21 and December 12. All programs will take place virtually over Zoom video conferencing and RSVPs are required. To make a reservation or for more information, visit MalibuArtsandCulture.org/Poetry.
Poetry Stones at Legacy Park