Poet Laureate

The San Luis Obispo County Poet Laureate Program is dedicated to advocating the literary arts by appointing an outstanding local poet as Poet Laureate to promote an appreciation of poetry among people of all ages. The appointment is a two-year term. The ARTS Obispo Poet Laureate shares the art of poetry with citizens of San Luis Obispo County through their writings, recitations and leadership of community poetry readings. The ARTS Obispo Poet Laureate facilitates a minimum of six public readings throughout the County to foster cultural vitality and education for the value of creative expression and artistry of poetry. The ARTS Obispo Poet Laureate leads through a cultural or education poetry program for the duration of the two-year term from January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020. The ARTS Obispo Poet Laureate may choose to collaborate or coordinate their project with other poets and/or artists within San Luis Obispo county. The ARTS Obispo Poet Laureate is confirmed by the SLO County Board of Supervisors.


According to Ivan BrownOtter, he is a graduate of the University of Mars. He first started writing at the advice of his anger management counselor who suggested he get his feelings down on paper. Having already lived once, Ivan now writes to gain understanding and perspective.

Ivan has written many books including “My Story, Fifty-Five Free Verse Poems”, “Crossing the Plateau” on his experience teaching on the Navajo Reservation & “Through the Cosmic Mist”.

“I have known Brown Otter both personally and professionally for many years and have witnessed his stellar contributions to poetry through his reading and writing programs at local senior communities, churches, and high schools in San Luis Obispo and throughout the United States.” -Glenna Luschei

Upcoming Poetry Events:

March 17th at 7:00 pm at Linnea’s Cafe. Featured Readers include Daniel Thomas, David Kann & Open Reading 5 minutes/ original work.

April 20th 2019 at 2:00 pm at the San Luis Obispo Public Library.  Come Meet Our New Poet Laureate!  Enjoy readings from Ivan BrownOtter and the San Luis Obispo Community.  For More Event Info Click Here

May 19th at 7:00 pm at Linnea’s Cafe. Featured Readers include Perie Longo, David Kann’s Begging Writing, Poetry Class at Cal Poly, & Open Reading 5 minutes / original work.


June 16th at 7:00 pm at Linnea’s Cafe. Featured Readers include Francesca Bell, James Cushing & Open Reading 5 minutes / original work.

Proudly Featured Local Poets:

"Lookout Point" by Joe Amaral
“Cambria Portal” by Mary Anne Anderson
“Cup of Life” by Diane Arkenstone
“Atascadero Creek at Three Bridges Trail” by George Asdel
“Snowy Egrets in the Creek” by Kathy Bond
“The Beach at Pismo” by Carolyn Chilton Casas
“In the Face of Stone and Sea” by Kevin Drabinski
Haiku by Bert Forbes
Haiku by Gary Hilberg
“Hollister Peak” by Debbie Jensen