Please join us for a poetry reading
on Monday, November 7 at 7pm.


Authors Emma Trelles, David Starkey, and Chella Courington Read Poems
Written & Inspired by Visual Art and the Environment
Santa Barbara, CA-On Monday, November 7, the Atkinson Gallery will present "Picture Nature: Poems Inspired by Art & Environment," a reading of original poems inspired by visual artworks and the natural world featuring three authors and members of SBCC's English Department: professors David Starkey and Chella Courington and adjunct faculty instructor Emma Trelles. The reading is held at the gallery in conjunction with Los Angeles River: Urban Reclamation --an exhibition running through December 2, 2016, by artist Devon Tsuno that presents an embedded perspective of Los Angeles River watershed.  
Emma Trelles  is the author of Tropicalia (University of Notre Dame Press), winner of the AndrĂ©s Montoya Poetry Prize and a finalist for Foreword Reviews Indiefab poetry book of the year. Her poems and prose appear or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles ReviewMiramarFour by TwoRare Feathers: Poems on Birds and Art, Poet Lore, The Rumpus, Verse Daily, the Best American Poetry, Best of the Net, the Miami Herald, and others. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and she has taught creative writing at the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, Florida International University, and The Center for Writing & Literature in Miami.  She programs the Mission Poetry Series -- a biannual reading held at Antioch University Santa Barbara that features regional and national award-winning poets.
David Starkey served as Santa Barbara's 2009-2010 Poet Laureate and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College.  He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013) and Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series.  In addition, over the past twenty-eight years he has published more than 400 poems in literary journals such as Alaska Quarterly Review, American Scholar, Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Beloit Poetry Journal, Cincinnati Review, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Poetry East, Southern Review, Southern Humanities Review, and Southern Poetry Review Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2012) will soon be in its third edition and is currently one of the best-selling creative writing textbooks in the country.
Chella Courington is the author of four poetry chapbooks, four flash fiction chapbooks and a novella. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and an MFA in poetry. Her poetry and stories appear in numerous anthologies and journals, including SmokeLong Quarterly, Non-Binary Review, The Los Angeles Review, and The Collagist. Coming from Blue Lyra Press in February is a collection of flash fiction, What Women Do. Reared in the Appalachian South, she now lives in Santa Barbara with another writer and two literary cats.
The reading is on Monday, November 7, 2016 at the SBCC Atkinson Gallery from 7pm-8pm and will include a short Q&A. Light refreshments will be served. The reading and the exhibit are free and open to the public.

Devon Tsuno: Los Angeles River: Urban Reclamation: September 16-Decembeer 2, 2016
*NEW* Gallery Hours: Monday/Tuesday 10am-7pm, Wednesday/Thursday/Friday 10am-4pm
Santa Barbara City College's Atkinson Gallery produces exhibitions of contemporary art featuring international, national, regional and student artists working in a wide range of styles and media. Established in 1975, the gallery reopened in its sleekly renovated 850 square foot permanent home in the Humanities Building in 2014. The Atkinson Gallery is your learning laboratory, an educational resource that engages with students, faculty, and community members through exhibitions and educational programs. More info @ or 805.897.3484

IMAGE: Grey Water by Devon Tsuno 
Atkinson Gallery
Humanities Building Room 202
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 897-3484

Sarah Cunningham, Atkinson Gallery Director