Poetry Santa Cruz: Travis Mossotti and David Sullivan
Travis Mossotti has worked and volunteered over the last decade alongside his wife (a carnivore biologist) with U.S. government, university and nonprofit organizations on data collection, animal captures/ releases and lab work for various endangered species recovery efforts all across North America.
Mossotti serves as Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis. He was awarded the 2011 May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems About the Dead (USU Press, 2011), and his second collection Field Study won the 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize (Bona Fide Books, 2014). Mossotti has also published two chapbooks, and recent poems of his have appeared in issues of the Antioch Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Southern Review, and elsewhere. He teaches in the writing program at Webster University and works for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University. See the Travis Mossotti website.
David Allen Sullivan’s books include: Strong–Armed Angels (Hummingbird Press, 2008), Every Seed of the Pomegranate (Tebot Bach, 2012), a book of translation from the Arabic of Iraqi Adnan Al-Sayegh, Bombs Have Not Breakfasted Yet (2013), and Black Ice (Turning Point, 2015). Most recently, he won the Mary Ballard Chapbook poetry prize for Take Wing (Casey Shay Press, 2016). He teaches at Cabrillo College, where he edits the Porter Gulch Review with his students, and lives in Santa Cruz with his family. See David Sullivan’s website.
Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County, and generally hold monthly meetings at Bookshop Santa Cruz on the second Tuesday of the month. The suggested donation is $3. Visit www.poetrysantacruz.org or contact Len Anderson for more information about the poets featured this month.