California Arts Council

State of California

Literary Experts to Judge California Poetry Out Loud State Finals on Monday, March 15

Published: 03-13-2010

These are the judges who will evaluate the California county winners in the state finals of Poetry Out Loud on the morning of Monday, March 15, 2010.

Cathy Barber
Cathy Barber's work has been published most recently in the literary journals Haight Ashbury Literary Review, Pearl, and Sweet and in the anthology Doorknobs and Bodypaint: Fantastic Flash Fiction. She has an MA in English from California State University, Hayward, where she won awards for her poetry, fiction and non-fiction. She teaches with California Poets in the Schools in San Mateo County and is the past president of the board.

Adam Hubbard
Adam Hubbard, Ceramics Instructor at the Archer School for Girls and Councilmember, California Arts Council. Adam has participated in the Friends of the Cerritos Center's "Art Smart" program since 2005 and has been an instructor for KCET's "Ready to Learn" literacy and art program since 2003. In the past Hubbard worked as a visual arts instructor for the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, the Cathedral Chapel School, and Inner-City Arts. He taught ceramics at the University of Southern California (USC) and the USC Magnet Center. Hubbard earned a Master of Fine Arts in ceramics and sculpture from USC and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts, now known as California College of the Arts. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in October 2008 to fulfill a partial term on the California Arts Council, and was reappointed on January 27, 2009.

Luis J. Rodriguez
Luis J. Rodriguez is a published poet, children's book writer, novelist, short story writer, and memoirist. He's founder/editor of Tia Chucha Press, which publishes mostly quality cross-cultural poetry collections, and co-founder with his wife Trini of Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. He's presently a columnist for The Progressive magazine out of Madison, WI, and a recurring honorary guest host on the "Front Page" talk show with Dominique DiPrima, KJLH-FM, Los Angeles. He is a two-time National Poetry Out Loud judge.

Al Young
Widely translated, Al Young's 22 books include poetry, fiction and musical memoirs. From 2005 through 2008 he served as Poet Laureate of California. Other honors include NEA, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Fellowships. The Sea, The Sky, And You, And I, a poetry & jazz CD (featuring bassist Dan Robbins) came out last year from Bardo Digital. He currently teaches at California College of the Arts, San Francisco. Detailed information about this Berkeley-based author may be found at

Accuracy Judge
Brandon Cesmat
Brandon Cesmat's most recent book is When Pigs Fall in Love & Other Stories. He is also the author of Light in All Directions, Driven into the Shade and Ice Drum. He is a past president of California Poets in the Schools (CPITS) and teaches literature and writing at CSU San Marcos. Cesmat performs poetry on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border as a member of the bi-national poetry collective Acanto y Laurel.

Susan Herron Sibbet
Susan Herron Sibbet has worked as Poet in Residence with California Poets in the Schools for twenty-five years in San Francisco, where she and her husband have lived in a flat next to Argonne Community Garden, along with their children, dogs, cats, and various small reptiles. She has a Masters in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and has been a Bunting Fellow, an Affiliate Artist with the Headlands Center for the Arts, and a founding member of Sixteen Rivers Press, a Bay Area poetry collective. She has served on the Board of Directors of CPITS for many years. Her books of poems include Burnt Toast and Other Recipes, Suspensions, and No Easy Light, published by Sixteen Rivers Press in 2004.

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