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The Channel Islands Poetry Walk Contest

As part of Santa Barbara Public Library’s Book to Action program, the library invites you to write a poem inspired by the Channel Islands.

Need subject ideas? Check out a copy of Island Visions and explore the ecology, geography, and history of the islands. Learn more about the Chumash communities that lived on the islands or take a deep dive into island vegetation and wildlife. Do you have a favorite Channel Islands memory? How do our actions on the mainland affect the islands?

Poets are encouraged to consider adding the following elements to their poem: at least 3 images, a reference to the cultural history or ecology of the Channel Islands, and/or a wish, hope, or spell for the future of the Channel Islands. Please note that these elements are not required, but are offered as creative suggestions for inspiration.

Entry Guidelines:

  • Submit entries here.
  • Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM on May 8, 2022
  • Submissions should be 30 lines or less
  • Submissions should include an attached Word or text document
  • Submissions should include the poet’s first and last name in the file name
  • Submissions will remain anonymous to judges, and should not include the poet’s name inside or on the document itself
  • Poets must reside, work, or be enrolled in a school within Santa Barbara County to be eligible for this contest
  • All ages welcome

Additional Details:
Winning poems will be displayed in landscape orientation on signs during Book to Action events, and therefore should be approximately 30 lines long (or less) to fit correctly on the signs.


About Book to Action

Book to Action is a program framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and multigenerational groups. Librarians work closely with community partners in engaging community members to read and discuss a book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.

This project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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