9 E Figueroa
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Open Mic Poetry Night featuring Visiting Poet S. Yarberry
Join SBPL and our neighbors The Crafter's Library in La Arcada for a celebration of poetry! Poets ages 14 and up are invited to a night of poetry reading. Sign up to read a poem or series of poems you’ve written. 12 five-minute time slots are available on a first come, first serve basis. Refreshments will be served.
Our visiting poet, S. Yarberry, will also read selections from their recently published collection from Vellum Press A Boy in the City, which uses poems as pillars to interrupt and excavate an interiority that unfolds and interrogates grim thoughts and intimacy. Yarberry weaves a sexy, glitzy journey through their city, where the speaker can “pose” and “compose” in a “trans way, of course.” Clever in its playful allusions to Greek myths, William Blake, and other literary figures, A Boy in the City is a distinct work of joy and liberation that reckons with the language of gender and desire.
The Crafter's Library is a DIY studio and coworking crafting space that offers classes as well as a retail shop for unique gifts, books, and craft supplies.
S. Yarberry is a trans poet and writer. Their poetry has appeared in AGNI, Tin House, Indiana Review, The Offing, Berkeley Poetry Review, jubilat, Notre Dame Review, The Boiler, miscellaneous zines, among others. Smith‘s other writings can be found in Bomb Magazine, The Adroit Journal, and Annulet: A Journal of Poetics. They currently serve as the Poetry Editor of The Spectacle; they also run a small magazine called Tyger Quarterly. S. has their MFA in Poetry from Washington University in St. Louis and is now a PhD candidate in literature at Northwestern University where they study twenty and twenty-first century receptions of William Blake. Their first book of poems, A Boy in the City, is forthcoming from Deep Vellum in summer 2022.