The outdoor Poet

The Outdoor Poet: Evelyn A. So

From the Bay Area poet, 'Irises' and 'Shall We Gather by The Sea.'

The Outdoor Poet: Gary Young

Gary Young, Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate and Artist of the Year

Prose poems by the county's first poet laureate.

The Outdoor Poet: Dana Gioia

Photo by Jeremy Ginsberg/Creative Commons.

Two by the poet, onetime Jell-o ad man and former NEA chair.

The Outdoor Poet: David Swanger

The fin of a humpback whale surfaces just feet from a kayaker. Photo by Diane Wallace.

The county's Poet Laureate recalls the great humpback event of 2011.

The Outdoor Poet: Stephen Kessler

Anderson Valley grapevines photographed by T Chu.

A prosem not quite in praise of California vines.

The Outdoor Poet: Alan Cheuse

Sunset in Santa Cruz by Mark Sebastian on Creative Commons.

NPR's "voice of books" reflects on summertime in Santa Cruz.

The Outdoor Poet: Ellen Bass

Photo of Saturn by the Hubble Space Telescope

The mysteries of space and sea.

The Outdoor Poet: David Sullivan

This week's Outdoor Poet features transplanted Vermonter David Allen Sullivan, who teaches film and literature at Cabrillo College. The poem is At the Mouth of the San Lorenzo.

The Outdoor Poet: Charles Atkinson

Our weekly poetry feature busts out of the gate with three by Charles Atkinson.

Announcing The Outdoor Poet

Closeup of a wild iris at Wilder Ranch State Park. Hilltromper photo.

On Wednesday, May 22, Hilltromper will launch a new weekly feature celebrating nature and place.