Known mainly as a poet/teacher, Barry Spacks has also been a painter for over forty years. He was named the first Poet Laureate of the City of Santa Barbara in 2005, has published novels, stories, and nine poetry collections while teaching literature and writing for years at M.I.T. & U Santa Barbara. He has three poetry-reading CDs out and adapted his first novel (The Sophomore) for the screen. His tenth book of poems, FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY, was published by Cherry Grove Collections in August, 2008.