Expressing creativity can be a great way to free your mind of worry and anxiety, and to help improve your attitude & outlook on life. This podcast features an interview with two emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates followed by a collection of poems read by the artists who wrote them. Listening to this podcast just may inspire you to get in touch with your inner artist!
The book is a collection of poems inspired by “Flock,” the large art installation (2015) at Ganna Walska Lotusland, the Montecito estate and former home of the late opera singer who indulged in her passion for exotic plants.
Artist Nancy Gifford curated Flock at Lotusland, and served as an editor on the Rare Feathers book. Nancy and her husband, Michael, hosted the party and poetry reading at their home in Montecito.
In this podcast, you’ll hear my interview with Gunpowder Press publishers Chryss Yost and David Starkey, both artists who are also emeritus Santa Barbara Poet Laureates. You’ll also be treated to some of the poems from Rare Feathers, read by the poets who wrote them
Following my chat with Starkey & Host, you will hear several Flock poets reading their poems.
Poets featured on this podcast include Mary Brown, Susan Chiavelli, Gabriella Klein, Perie Longo, Enid Osborn, Melinda Palacio, Christine Penko, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Sojourner Kincaid Rolle, Emma Trelles and George Yatchisin.
The bonus content in this episode features my chat with artist Nancy Gifford, who put together the art installations at Lotusland that these poets are writing about.