Announcing The Outdoor Poet

If you think there’s not enough poetry in the world that celebrates place, you’re not alone. On Wednesday, May 22, Hilltromper will launch a new weekly feature called The Outdoor Poet. Curated by Santa Cruz poet, author and Guggenheim Fellow Robert Sward, it will showcase work from Santa Cruz area poets who find inspiration in the natural world. Each week we’ll publish a poem from a featured writer and a related image of the poet’s choosing, anything from a head shot to a photo to a painting. Participation will be by invitation.

The Outdoor Poet has roots in a familiar publication. Santa Cruz area poets and their readers may remember “Local Poets, Local Inspiration,” the monthly poetry column in Santa Cruz Weekly. The feature, which was edited by Sward and instituted by former Weekly editor Traci Hukill (now the editorial director of Hilltromper), ran for about a year and a half between 2009 and 2011, until space no longer permitted.

The weekly inclusion of nature-inspired poetry perfectly complements Hilltromper’s mission to build a community of people deeply engaged with the places they love.