Barry Spacks, GPC 2004-2005
Barry Spacks was named the first Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara, California, in 2005. He is the
author of eleven poetry collections, including Orphans (1972); Spacks
Street: New and Selected Poems (1982), which won The Commonwealth Club of California’s Poetry Medal; Imagining
a Unicorn (1982); The
Hope of Air (2004); Regarding
Women (2004), winner of the Cherry Grove Collections Prize in 2004; Food
for the Journey (2008); and A Bounty
of 84s (Cherry
Grove Collections, 2012). His poems have been published in 18
anthologies and numerous print and online journals. From 1960 to 1981,
Spacks was a Professor of Literature
at M.I.T. and was named the Distinguished Professor in Humanities and
Fine Arts at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1991. He
has released two CDs—A Private Reading,
from WC Studios, which contain 42 poems from 50 years of work, and Selected Poems from Regarding Women.
Visit Barry Spacks at his homepage.
Read Barry Spacks’ thoughts at his blog.
“The Poet’s Game,” from The Salt River Review Volume
7, Number 3, Fall, 2004.
“On Desperate Days,” from Slate.com, October 30, 2007 (text and audio).
“A Marriage,” “Judges in Summer” The