A North County poet recently won first place in the California State Poetry Society’s annual poetry competition.
Judge Julian Palley selected Chris Weygandt Alba’s poem, “How an Egret Saved Me,” from a field of 169 entries submitted by poets from California and other states.
The competition took place this summer.
“I was just stunned,” said Weygant Alba, a first-time participant. “It’s a big prize for a small-town poet like me.”
Her 14-line poem, inspired by an experience at her Templeton home, was also featured this April in “From Soul to Paper,” The Tribune’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month.
Born in Paso Robles, Weygandt Alba earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Cal Poly.
She spent 20 years working as a journalist and editor at such publications as Los Angeles and Muscle and Fitness magazines, before returning to the North County in 1998.
Her other poetry prizes include the 2009 Lillian Dean Poetry Award from the Central Coast Writers Conference and a monthly award from the California State Poetry Society this June.
— Sarah Linn
San Luis Obispo County organizations have received a pair of federal grants, one intended to combat teen pregnancy, the other for a clean-and-sober program.
The grants announced Friday are among four public health grants going to San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.
San Luis Obispo County Behavioral Health received $370,000 for its clean-and-sober drug court.
The Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County received $426,507 for its teen pregnancy prevention program.
Santa Barbara County’s Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services received grants for its clean-and-sober and family treatment drug courts.
— Bob Cuddy
Developers, sponsors of below-market-price housing and nonprofit groups are being asked to attend a pair of public workshops on affordable housing this week.
The first is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Paso Robles Library/City Hall conference center, 1000 Spring St., Paso Robles.
The second is from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Library conference room, 995 Palm Ave., San Luis Obispo.
The meetings are sponsored by the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund.
— Bob Cuddy