News and Media Coverage for Melinda Palacio, City of SB PL


Poetry Connection: Connecting with One Special Bus Rider


Montecito Journal 

Santa Barbara Independent


Local poet laureate leaves heartfelt mark with Library On the Go’s “Poetry in the Park”

The Santa Barbara Independent

Ironwood Issue 33

The Montecito Journal

The Santa Barbara Independent

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Santa Barbara Independent

Melinda Palacio Installation as the City of Santa Barbara 2023-2025 Poet Laureate at Santa Barbara City Hall on April 18, 2023 in Santa Barbara, CA. (Photo By Rod Rolle) Ms. Palacio, an internationally-lauded poet, author, and speaker, will serve as Santa Barbara’s first Chicana Poet Laureate. Her chapbook, Folsom Lockdown, won Kulupi Press’ Sense of Place award. Her novel, Ocotillo Dreams, received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book at the 2012 International Latino Book Awards, as well as a PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. Her full-length poetry collection, How Fire Is a Story, Waiting, received First Prize in Poetry at the International Latino Book Awards. Her work has also been featured on the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day Program. Locally, Melinda received first place in Poetry at the 2003 Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum

Santa Barbara Independent

Lompoc Record

Santa Maria Sun

Santa Barbara Independent

edhat Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Public Library

Voice Magazine

The University of Arizona: Poetry Center

National Book Critics Spotlight

Los Angeles Review of Books

Santa Maria Sun

The Latino Author