Mission Poetry Series: Three Poets in Spring

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SBPL and The Mission Poetry Series invite the community to a poetry reading: Three Poets in Spring, featuring award-winning Gunpowder Press authors Catherine Esposito Prescott, Gabriel Ibarra, and Florencia Milito. The event offers complimentary broadsides, poets’ books for sale, and the chance to meet and chat with our featured authors.

This reading is made possible by the Academy of American Poets with funds from the Mellon Foundation.

CATHERINE ESPOSITO PRESCOTT’s poetry collection Accidental Garden won Gunpowder Press’s 2022 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, selected by Danusha Laméris.

GABRIEL IBARRA is the author of On Display (Gunpowder Press, 2023), co-winner of the Alta California Chapbook Prize, selected by Francisco Aragón.

FLORENCIA MILITO is a bilingual poet and author of Sor Juana (Gunpowder Press 2023), co-winner of the Alta California Chapbook Prize. 

MPS program curator Emma Trelles is the 9th Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara (2021-2023) and a Poet Laureate Fellow at the Academy of American Poets (2022-2023), one of 22 poets in the United States appointed for their creative and community work.

MPS production coordinator Mark Zolezzi is a musician and has worked as a bookseller for 20 years in both college and independent bookstores.


Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.