Poetry Summit: A Journey of Poetry, Music, Art

The City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and the Malibu Library presents the second annual “Poetry Summit: Call to the Wall, Changing of the Verse” a journey of poetry, music and art on Saturday, March 23, 4 p.m. at the Malibu City Hall’s Civic Theater. 

“Malibu has always inspired poets, authors and artists of every kind,” said Mayor Jefferson Wagner. “I am very proud of the Poet Laureate Program, the Cultural Arts Commission, and these talented young poets and musicians who are working so hard to ensure Malibu will always have a thriving cultural life.”

Poetry and music will form the backdrop as outgoing Poet Laureate Ricardo Means Ybarra will introduce the City of Malibu’s new Poet Laureate, Ellen Reich. The City Council appointed Reich Malibu’s’ second Poet Laureate during the March 11 City Council meeting.

Special guest poet Cecelia Woloch will read from her book, Tsigan: The Gypsey Poem, which portrays the author’s personal journey of identity. The reading will intertwine music by Deepak of the band Robot Nature into the performance. 

Students from Malibu High School and Juan Cabrillo Elementary School will read their original poetry written during a four-week poetry workshop led by Ybarra through the City’s Arts and Education Program. “The Call to the Wall” event also incorporates visual art inspired and taught by Malibu-based artist Ako Eyong. The artwork created by fifth-grade students at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School will form the stage backdrop. 

The free event, sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Public Library and hosted by the City of Malibu Cultural Arts Commission and the Malibu Poet Laureate Committee, is part of the Malibu Library Speaker Series. The event will include a reception with refreshments and appetizers. No RSVPs are needed.


For more information, visit www.MalibuCity.org/Poetry.

 About the SeriesThe 2019 Malibu Library Speaker Series is a program of the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Malibu Branch, and the City of Malibu, featuring experts, authors, and notable figures discussing a wide range of subjects.


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