Call To Artists

2021 Poetry Anthology

Malibu Poet Laureate John Struloeff, with support from the Poet Laureate Committee and the Malibu Cultural Arts Commission, is seeking poems from Malibu community members for an 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. Since many community members have come to Malibu from elsewhere, potential contributors are encouraged to focus on two facets of their lives:

  1. Poems that depict the contributor’s Malibu life (a description of their professional, artistic, or daily life) or 
  2. Poems that describe a previous time and setting in the contributor's life (where they grew up or where they spent a significant portion of their earlier adult lives). 

Vivid description and specific detail will be key to a successful submission, to allow the readers to immerse themselves in the diverse lives and identities that make up Malibu. The City is accepting online submissions through Friday, April 9. 

Questions related to the Community Anthology may be directed to Kristin Riesgo, Community Services Deputy Director. 

Poet Laureate 2021 - 2023 CALL for submissions 

The Malibu City Council and Malibu Cultural Arts Commission will be opening the application period for the 2021-2023 Poet Laureate. The selected Poet Laureate will serve a 2-year term and is expected to 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.

To receive a notification on the opening of the application submission period, please sign-up for E-notifications, "Call to Artist." 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 Call to Artists

The Malibu Cultural Arts Commission will discuss options for future art exhibitions and projects that require artist submissions. A Call to Artists will be posted when these items are approved during virtual Commission Meetings. 

Artists interested in receiving text messages or emails about the Calls should register for alerts through the Malibu Arts and Culture website.