Celebrating National Poetry MonthOn April 9, for the four year in a row, The Santa Barbara Channels celebrated National Poetry Month with a special LIVE edition of Channel 21’s national award-winning program, The Creative Community. Host David Starkey interviewed and listened to poems read by Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate Perie Longo, Mayor Marty Blum, City Council members Das Williams and Grant House, and Miki Garcia, head of the Contemporary Arts Forum. The show will be rerun throughout the month of April.
On April 16 The Creative Community crew head out across the Channel to Santa Cruz Island with a group of local poets including Michelle Detorie, Gabriella Lindsey Klein, Susan Chiavelli, and Fran Davis. The group entered an elevated “island state of mind” with the lack of cell phone reception, traffic, and other modern day distractions. They read their own poems about previous island experiences and the natural world surrounding them. As soon as the program is edited it will be scheduled to air on Channel 21.