Spirits in the Air: Poetry and the Liquid Muse” reading on April 1

“Spirits in the Air: Poetry and the Liquid Muse” reading on April 1 kicks off events for 2015 Santa Barbara Poetry Month

The reading “Spirits in the Air: Poetry and the Liquid Muse” will be held Wednesday, April 1 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at The Good Lion, 1212 State St. The event, which has free admission, is open to the public. A group of invited poets will read their work, and the work of others, about libations of all sorts. The evening will also feature a special menu of literary-themed cocktails for purchase. The reading will be hosted by George Yatchisin, “Drinkable Landscape” columnist for Edible Santa Barbara.

This reading will be the first of a series of events for 2015 Santa Barbara Poetry Month, in conjunction with April National Poetry Month. Santa Barbara will also name its sixth poet laureate in April. A full schedule of events is available at

“From Bacchus to Berryman and beyond, drink and lyric flights have danced a long, sometimes loving, sometimes leery waltz,” Yatchisin says. “We hope this event will attest to the multifaceted ways poets have found inspiration, solace, and yes, sometimes sickness in the bottle. Plus we hope this reading makes poetry seem a bit less stuffy than people too often imagine it to be.”

Dean Conoley says, “The campus community has been remarkably willing and able to conceptualize an entirely new process to attract, support, and develop a new generation of science and mathematics teachers. This is a vital step to meeting the overwhelming needs of California schools for highly quality teachers in math and science.”

California and the nation are lagging behind international peers in the production of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. US students compare poorly in international testing comparisons in mathematics and science. A key problem is the scarcity of well prepared teachers. The UC Santa Barbara effort supports the UC System commitment to produce 1000 science and math teachers annually for California schools.

Dr. Julie Bianchini, a science educator and associate professor in the Gevirtz School, serves as the faculty director of the program. An advisory faculty panel representing mathematics and all the sciences oversees the initiative.
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George Yatchisin

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