urban woman poet"
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.