This year the selection committee formed by the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council Arts Obispo selected from the nominiees , Ivan Brown otter as the 16th Poet Laureate for the 36th Annual San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival and the County of San Luis Obispo for the years 2019 and 2020.
Dear Poetry Community,
Cal and I are deeply saddened at the loss of a dear friend, a unique, genuine individual, Ivan BrownOtter. He had seemed to be rallying a little, according to those who visited in the last couple of days, but he left at about 11:00 last night, fading from weakness, as close as I can find out. In characteristic humility, he had said to a friend he didn't want a service, but he has left a sweet, empowering legacy within the central coast poetry and writing scene, teaching and sharing and supporting our craft.
I reach out with condolences to all who have been part of Ivan's life,