855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013


Friday, April 26, 2019 at 05:30 PM to 06:30 PM

We are celebrating National Poetry Month in partnership with local legendary poet and Carpinterian, Glenna Luschei. 

Submissions of unpublished original poems were accepted from the community for the “Luschei Family Poetry Awards”, recognizing excellence in verse originating from or regarding Carpinteria.

“Luschei Family Poetry Awards” will be presented to the winners during a celebration ceremony with original poetry readings on April 26, 2019 in the Arts Center courtyard.

One prize will be awarded in each category.

CHILDREN ages 5-12: $50 and poem published on bookmarks

TEENS ages 13-18: $100 and poem published in special edition chapbook

ADULTS ages 19+: $300 and poem published in a special edition chapbook


Winning poems will be published in the Coastal View News!


COMINGS AND GOINGS, by Glenna Luschei (2014)

In Tucson 

when a university student

goes home 

she might leave her desk 

and a chair, a bookcase outside her cave 

with a sign, “Take me.” 


And who could resist 

heat radiating over furniture 

like a mirage? You hoist 

an old Victrola into your pickup 

and ratchet up a new song. 


You start that life in the West, 

invent a past, and when that tune 

winds down, it’s okay to put out, 

“Take me.” 


What do we have in life

but comings and goings?



Read an article about our poet-in-residence…

“Glenna Luschei: Poet, Publisher, Patron of the Literary Arts”