Steve Braff is drawn to performance poetry--recitations of his own work and others shared with the audience in a celebration of image & word, rhythm & rhyme: a play of word music that connects; a resonance in the heart, rather than scratching of the head. You hear it. You get it. You smile.
Steve has read at Santa Barbara Public Library’s Tuesday Poets at the Library, the E.P. Foster Library Poetry Series, Poetry Zone, and CORE Winery Poetry Series; the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Wildling and Elverhoj Museums in Solvang, and the California Museum of Thousand Oaks; the Santa Ynez Valley Arts Association, Squire Foundation, Hospice of Santa Barbara, and the Coastal Dunes Writers Club.
His poetry has been published in Tea House, Muryoko Journal of Shin Buddhism, Muscogee Nation News, Cholla Needles, Nomad’s Choir, and Kevin Sloan’s catalogue–A Collection of Rarities. Steve’s chapbook, Forty Days, inspired by photographs of Joshua Tree, California, was published by Cholla Needles Press (2017).
Steve is founder and host of the Blue Whale Poetry Series at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara as well as the Wildling Museum Poetry Series in Solvang. He serves as poetry program leader for the Jewish Federation of Santa Barbara, outreach coordinator for Santa Barbara’s Cal Poets in the Schools, and judge for the Santa Barbara County Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition.