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 →

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 →