Mouth & Fruit is here! The first full-length book by Chryss Yost, published by Gunpowder Press

Featured Poem

Lai with Sounds of Skin

Shall we dress in skin,
our living linen?
Bone weft,
pull of masculine
into feminine,
the heft,
the warp, weave and spin
of carded days in

tightly-twisted thin
yarns that we begin—
like wool
like will, like has been,
spoken to silken—
to spool:
thick bolts of linen,
skein to skin to skin.


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"A distinctly urban woman poet"
—April Linder
New Formalist Poets of the American West

Chryss Yost is the current Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara. She has been awarded the 2013 Patricia Dobler Poetry Prize, and many other honors including multiple Pushcart Prize nominations. Her poems have been included in the most popular poetry textbooks in the country and widely anthologized elsewhere. Poems have appeared in Askew, The Hudson Review, Quarterly West, and Solo as well as other national and international publications.

As an editor, Chryss has edited two influential collections. California Poetry: From the Gold Rush to the Present, edited with Dana Gioia and Jack Hicks, was the first major overview of the subject. Poetry Daily: A Year of Poems for the World's Most Popular Poetry Website, edited with Poetry Daily founders Dianne Boller and Don Selby, was a groundbreaking project which confirmed the growing influence of online poetry.

A California Poet in the Schools, Chryss has also been a founding faculty member of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference's Poetry Conference and the Teaching Poetry Conference in Sonoma. She teaches poetry at the Santa Barbara Music & Arts Conservatory and is the host of Library Radio on KCSB. She works as an artist at UCSB Library.