Defining Moments by Lin Rolens As Amanda Gorman read her poem at the presidential inauguration and then read again at the Super Bowl, she vividly reminded us about the transformative power of language and poetry—and this is a moment for poetry. And, as the Ventura County Poetry Project launches its fourth annual poetry contest, we hope to tap into some of that remarkable energy. Last year’s contest was the most successful of our contests to date: we enjoyed many and varied, quality entries from all over our county and well beyond, and, in spite of the fact that our reading ceremony celebrating the winners wasRead More →

Conor Logan’s audio recording of the workshop – Kind Writers Are Exactly That!     By Marsha de la O Kind Writers, a new publishing company with the goal of building literary community between writers and publishers, held a virtual workshop on Jan. 30th sponsored by the Ventura County Poetry Project. Their editorial staff attended: Sophia Apodaca, founder and jack of all hands, Sam Aleks, art editor and fiction editor, Shayleene MacReynolds, non-fiction editor, Annabelle Bonebrake, poetry editor, and Jacqueline Molina, web design, art direction and blog editor. They spoke out on their guiding beliefs. “Our core value is to put writers and community first,”Read More →

Meet the Publishers Sophia Apodaca, Samvel Aleksanyan, and Shayleene McReynolds What do they really do? Why did they become editors? How do you get published with them? How are they coping under lockdown? Donations requested. Reserve your spot in 2 steps: Register with Mary Rummel: Donation via PayPaypal:     Ventura County Poetry Project   more poetry here… over 1000 videos More →

Becky Sanvictores won the Ventura County Poetry Prize for 2020!  Many congratulations, Becky, for your fine poem on growing up near the stockyards in Omaha.  Poets, please be on the lookout for details about our 2021 poetry contest coming soon.  Our contest celebrates and acknowledges the importance of libraries in our history and our lives today.Read More →