Poet Laureate Program

Poetry Programs 
Malibu Poet Laureate Dr. John Struloeff will host his final free poetry programs on May 8, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Please join him and the Poet Laureate Committee virtually.  An RSVP is required by completing the online form linked below. 

Call to Artists 2021-2023 Malibu Poet Laureate
The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission has opened the application period for the 2021-2023 Poet Laureate.  The selected Poet Laureate will serve a 2-year term and carry on the duties as the official consultant in Poetry to the City of Malibu.  

The open call is for Malibu citizens and affiliates who have a passion for promoting and enhancing the literary arts in Malibu.  All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of the Poet Laureate Committee.

  • Application submission period: April 5 to May 21, 2021
  • Nomination period: April 5 to April 16, 2021
  • Review Period: June to August 2021
  • Appointment: September 2021
  • Term: September 2021 to September 2023

Applicants must submit an application to the City of Malibu that should include poetry samples, information about the applicant's affiliation to Malibu, and an interest statement.

Questions related to the Poet Laureate program, call for submissions, application process or cultural arts programming may be directed to Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director. 

2021 Malibu Poetry Anthology 
Malibu Poet Laureate John Struloeff, with support from the Poet Laureate Committee and the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, will publish a Malibu community anthology on the theme of ‘Who We Are.’ The anthology will include biographical information in addition to the poem from each chosen contributor, to help us better understand our community.

The Call to Artists is closed and the Anthology will be distributed in June 2021. 

Questions related to the Community Anthology may be directed to
Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director or call (310) 456-2489, ext. 349. 

Malibu Poet Laureate

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. 

Dr. Struloeff is currently 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. 


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