16th Annual Santa Barbara Summer Poetry Workshop

led by

Perie Longo

with David Starkey and Chryss Yost

Saturday & Sunday, August 20th & 21st, 2016


Antioch University Campus
602 Anacapa St
Santa Barbara, CA

Time will be spent on all aspects of the practice of poetry: crafting, writing exercises, discussion, publication advice and the art of reading your poems.

Schedule 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

9:00 Writing exercises & discussion

10:00 am to Noon and 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Small group crafting:
Saturday with Perie and David
Sunday with Perie and Chryss

Saturday: 3:00-4:00 - "Writing Yourself Awake"
with meditation teacher, Kimberley Snow

Sunday: 3:00 - 4:00
Poetry reading of your original poems and evaluations.


This workshop is an opportunity for you to grow your poems with thoughtful attention from three poets laureate who combine their approaches for you to hone your skills and go deeper into your own creative process.

Perie will focus on finding the hook of your poem, considering voice, emotion and language, to bring it "home." David will emphasize identifying strong lines and eliminating weak ones to help your poem achieve its full potential. Chryss will speak about what every poem can learn from a sonnet and other formal structures to help craft tension, rhythm, music and breath, so it will stand out as one to be remembered.

Enrollment limited to 20 participants

FEE: $225 Due by July 20th, 2016

To hold your place, submit $100 before June 24th, 2016

Send check to: Perie Longo
1114 State St. Ste. #315
Santa Barbara 93101

Cancellation policy: $175 refundable by July 20th


Email: sbspworkshop@gmail.com
Phone Perie: 805-687-1619



PERIE LONGO, Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2007-2009), has published four poetry collections, most recently Baggage Claim (2014) and has frequently appeared in many literary journals and anthologies. For many years she has led poetry workshops for the annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, California-Poets-in-the-Schools, and privately. She has been a textbook contributor of chapters titled "The Magic of Metaphor," "Turning the Darkness Down: Poetry as Therapy," and "Poetry and Emotional Intelligence." In 2005 she was invited to the University of Kuwait to speak on Writing Poetry as a Way to Peace. In 2012 she was awarded the Woman of Achievement Award from the Association of Women in Communication, Santa Barbara Chapter. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and on the staff of the UCLA Arts and Healing program and Poetry Chair of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.


What We Live For

Every time I write a poem I fall in love with it...
...................................Anonymous, fourth-grader

…the musk that opens static ducts, press of pine needles
soft on the small of the back, his eyes
full of you, the breath in—his, the breath out—yours,
how the hushed forest awoke when your song
scattered the meadowlarks into the blank, blue sky,
the water’s pulse against the banks. With your favorite pen,
the one whose ink flows across the flesh of the page,
you scribble how pear blossoms catch
in the wind like snowflakes, settle on the tips
of winter’s brown twigs. You’re swimming in words,
one against the other, pull back and they chase
and catch you, together you trace back roads of memory
as the lover’s fingers remind you what is true,
no truce until you focus, give your all, release. Child,

the poem you birthed, folded in your pocket, is what
we live for, drives us mad, what one day saves us.

DAVID STARKEY served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate, and is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College and the Editor and Publisher of Gunpowder Press. He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series. In addition, over the past twenty-eight years he has published more than 400 poems in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, American Scholar, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review. Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2012) will soon be in its third edition and is currently one of the best-selling creative writing textbooks in the country.

Circus Maximus

Nothing now but grass
and gravel
and windblown trash,
a vacant lot drab
and austere,
where once, in a single day,
you might delight
in the death of three or four charioteers.

David Starkey

CHRYSS YOST served as Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara from 2013-15. Her book of poems, Mouth & Fruit, was published in 2014 by Gunpowder Press, where she is now co-editor. She was selected by Patricia Smith for the Patricia Dobler Prize in poetry and has published two fine press chapbooks. Chryss has co-edited several poetry anthologies, including California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present with California Poet Laureate Dana Gioia, and most recently Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds and Art. She teaches poetry to gifted teens through the Santa Barbara Music and Arts Conservatory and is a frequent collaborator on poetry projects with local museums and galleries.

Furious Bread

The yeast wakes up, faster than sourgrass after the rain.
I warm the old bowl on the pilot light, as my grandmother did,

scrape level the measure of flour using a knife’s flat back.
There is no end to stubborn in this world. Even flour

fights like it would rather be grain again, recoils after
every stretch,the dough thick and heavy as a lump of

potters’ clay. I push hard, throwing my weight behind each stroke,
arms stiff, lifting on my toes. Flatten, fold, turn, flatten, fold.

The newspaper on the table shows a senator. Resolved,
he says. One man, one woman. His God will not be swayed.

I pound the kneading board, knead until my wrists ache,
my skin crusted with salt, slowly will yield, will suppleness.

I round the dough to rest in the deep glazed bowl,
wait for rising, baking, food for those who sit at my table.

Chryss Yost





Located in beautiful downtown Santa Barbara, Antioch University offers an ideal venue for the Summer Poetry Workshop. We will be on the third floor, in a room with a view and another breakout room and patio for our comfort. Breakfast of coffee, bagels, and cream cheese will be provided, but for lunch and dinner, we'll be on our own Fortunately, there are many good restaurants close by.

Antioch does not have hotel accommodations nor free parking except on Sunday in the community lot. On Saturday, use City Parking Lot #10 on Chapala Street or all-day street parking a couple of blocks away. Or you might leave your car at your motel and Uber over. For out of town participants, we can provide suggestions for residential accommodation upon request.



"THANK YOU! I was able to get out of my daily life and do something that I love with people who are so passionate about poetry and its craft. It was fabulous to be in the company of SUCH talent!"

"The workshop has inspired me to restart my poetry writing. I didn't know I had such worlds at my fingertips." "...more than worth our time and money."

"Lovely as always. I wish it was four times a year."

"Great workshop. I'm so glad I came. Got lots of excellent, helpful feedback, encouragement, motivation. See you next year."

"Loved the generosity of being, of Perie & the organization of time and place."

"Great workshop!...lots of support and terrific criticism from all involved."

"Please don't stop this workshop. It gets better and better."