The Shoreline Voices Project, housed at Gunpowder Press, brings together Santa Barbara-area poets to write on specific themes, usually in collaboration with local organizations.
The first Shoreline Voices Project publication, Buzz: Poets Respond to SWARM, was published in 2014. Co-edited by Chryss Yost and Nancy Gifford, Buzz is a response to SWARM, an exhibition at Ganna Walska Lotusland curated by Nancy Gifford. An international collection of artists created site-specific pieces for the garden to raise awareness about colony collapse disorder and the importance of bees and other pollinators. Poets were invited to view the exhibit and wrote about bees, the gardens, Dame Ganna Walska (the eccentric diva behind Lotusland), or in response to the mythically-inspired central installation, “Chasing Daphne,” by artist Penelope Stewart. Buzz is available directly from Gunpowder Press or your local bookseller or <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0991665139/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0991665139&linkCode=as2&tag=stbarbara-20&linkId=ASPSC3QMU57JV3HB”>Amazon</a><img src=”http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=stbarbara-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0991665139″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />.
The second Shoreline Voices Project book is Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art, was published in 2015, and co-edited by Chryss Yost, George Yatchisin, and Nancy Gifford. Similarly inspired by FLOCK, an exhibition curated by Nancy Gifford, Rare Feathers featured three dozen area poets on birds and the artworks from the exhibit. Rare Feathers is available directly from Gunpowder Press or your local bookstore or <a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0991665163/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0991665163&linkCode=as2&tag=stbarbara-20&linkId=OB2TLO3O2JPVTTPJ”>Amazon</a><img src=”http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=stbarbara-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0991665163″ width=”1″ height=”1″ border=”0″ alt=”” style=”border:none !important; margin:0px !important;” />.
The Shoreline Voices Project is currently collaborating with Freedom4Youth to publish a book of poems from Los Prietos Boys Camp. This book will be released in 2016.