Asked to name and gather poems from 17 Santa Cruz poets to celebrate National Poetry Month’s 17th year, we found the task daunting. We are blessed with so many to choose from. We could begin with Adrienne Rich, our star just now taken from us. Ellen Bass. Joseph Stroud. Robert Sward. Gary Young, our first county Laureate, and David Swanger, our second. All nationally known, awarded and loved. We choose to offer you these 17 poets, with their range of backgrounds, subjects, and voices. We’d like you to get to know them better. Enjoy!
The Poetry Santa Cruz Board