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David Starkey (April-May)

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David Starkey
April-May 2016

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David Starkey writes:

I’ve been a fan of the Natural History Museum since I moved to Santa Barbara in the summer of 2000.  I love the combination of old fashioned collections housed in glass cases along with interactive exhibits using the latest technology.  And whenever you need a break, there’s the museum’s “backyard,” and “boulder alley” and the lovely Garden of Chumash Plants.  Like many Santa Barbara parents, I’ve been bringing my daughter to the museum since before she could walk.  She’s a teenager now, and she still loves to visit!


David Starkey served as Santa Barbara’s 2009-2010 Poet Laureate.  He is Director of the Creative Writing Program at Santa Barbara City College and Co-editor and Publisher of Gunpowder Press.  He has published seven full-length collections of poetry, most recently Like a Soprano (Serving House, 2014), an episode-by-episode revisioning of The Sopranos TV series; Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013); It Must Be Like the World (Pecan Grove, 2011); and A Few Things You Should Know about the Weasel (Biblioasis, 2010), which includes two poems featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Writer’s Almanac.  

In addition, over the past twenty-five 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.  

The third edition of his Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin’s) will be published in January 2017 and is currently one of the best-selling creative writing textbooks in the country.  David is also the author of a composition textbook, Academic Writing Now: A Brief Guide for Busy Students (Broadview, 2015), and the editor of several books of scholarship, including Teaching Writing Creatively (Heinemann, 1998), and Genre by Example: Writing What We Teach (Heinemann, 2001).

From 2004- 2015, David hosted TVSB’s The Creative Community, which was National Winner in the Alliance for Community Media’s Best Talk Show category in both 2006 and 2007.  He is currently the host of TVSB’s This Is Santa Barbara.





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