David Starkey has authored eight poetry collections including Like a Soprano (Serving House Books, 2014), Circus Maximus (Biblioasis, 2013), A Few Things You Should Know about the Weasel (Biblioasis, 2010), and Adventures of the Minor Poet (Artamo Press, 2007). His popular textbook, Creative Writing: Four Genres in Brief (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2016) is in its third edition. He has had over 400 poems published in literary journals and is the publisher and co-editor, with Chryss Yost, of Gunpowder Press, a Santa Barbara-based small press specializing in poetry. He was Santa Barbara Poet Laureate in 2009-2011 and directs the creative writing program at Santa Barbara City College.