PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Poet George Yatchisin celebrates book launch with events in Santa Barbara and Los Olivos

To celebrate the publication of his chapbook Feast Days (Flutter Press, 2016), writer George Yatchisin will hold two events to help launch the book that celebrates food and drink, hunger and need. The first will take place at Five & ¼, 705 Anacapa St., Santa Barbara on Friday, October 21, 6:30 – 7:30 pm. It is free to attend (there will be no-host food and drink) and is open to the public. The evening will include readings from the book plus new food and drink poems specifically written with Five & ¼’s menu in mind. Books will also be available for sale and signing.

“I’m particularly excited to be able to share Feast Days in one of my favorite places to feast,” Yatchisin says about the year-old wine bar that recently won a Santa Barbara Independent Foodie Award. “To be able to read a poem about cashews while the crowd gets to munch on delicious nuts from the kitchen, for instance, should make literature all the more luscious.”

The second event, “Feast! Fruit! Poetry and Cocktails!” will take place at Global Gardens, 2450 Alamo Pintado Rd., Los Olivos on Saturday, October 22, 2-5 pm. Yatchisin will be reading along with Chryss Yost, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate 2013-2015, and author of Mouth & Fruit (Gunpowder Press, 2014). (Yatchisin and Yost are also married.) In addition to the poetry, Global Gardens’ Theo Stephan will cook up some fun recipes and create cool drinks from her new signature cocktail book coming out later this year, Cocktail Confidential.

“Theo take olive oil as seriously as we take line breaks, so I can’t wait to see what she comes up with to pair with our poems,” Yatchisin claims. “We are honored to be able to bring our words to her lovely location in the valley.”

Feast Days is the first chapbook from Yatchisin. The collection has been hailed as “memorable, distinguished work” by Rick Benjamin, State Poet Laureate of Rhode Island. Yatchisin is the Communications Coordinator for the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara. His poems have been published in numerous journals including Antioch Review, Askew, and Zocalo Public Square. He is the co-editor of the anthology Rare Feathers: Poems on Birds & Art, and his work appears in the anthologies Clash by Night and Buzz.

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