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Hook with curiosity, hold with suspense. And, rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

- Yvonne Nelson Perry

SwirlStaff: Click on the workshop leaders' photos to see more about each one.

Favorite Books:

My favorite poets are William Stafford, Philip Levine, Hilda Raz, Pablo Neruda, Lisel Mueller, Anna Akhmatova, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W. S. Merwin, Ted Kooser, Sharon Olds to name a few. Books on the Craft of Writing: Best Words, Best Order by Stephen Dobyns; Walking Light by Stephen Dunn.

Writing tip I live by:

Read great authors but don’t write to be great. Write to create, to inhabit a world you can grow into.

Perie Longo

About Me

As a past Santa Barbara Poet Laureate (2007-2009), I learned how poetry is a meaningful link to our community, and that writing about what lives in our backyard often connects us to the wider world in significant ways. I have published four books of poetry: Milking The Earth, The Privacy Of Wind, With Nothing Behind But Sky: a journey through grief and Baggage Claim. Nominated for the Pushcart prize three times, my work has appeared in Askew, Atlanta Review, Connecticut Review, International Poetry Review, Miramar, Nimrod, Paterson Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Quiditty, Rattle, South Carolina Review and several others as well as being a contributing poet in several anthologies. I was also a poet in the schools for over twenty-five years and continue to teach privately. As a psychotherapist, I often integrate poetry for healing.

In 2005 I was invited to the University of Kuwait to speak on Poetry as a Path to Peace and give workshops. I’ve been teaching poetry with SBWC since 1984 and love doing so for poets and prose writers alike. Focusing on the importance of language, imagery and figurative speech, structure and rhythm, helps us all say what is difficult to express in a fresh way that lasts after the last line.

What I require of my students

Students need to bring typed copies of their poems they want crafted and 10 copies to distribute for workshop participants to also give comments.

My advice for writers who have never attended SBWC

Come as you are and be prepared to leave forever changed.