Chris Baron

The Lantern Tree Poets

Lantern Tree is a Collaboration of Four Poets

The voices of four San Diego poets meet at a crossroads of poetic traditions to contemplate home––home as a sense of place and a sense of self, home as much outside as it is inside. In this collaboration, the lyrical greets the ecstatic in free verse... Continue Reading

Chris Baron
 is Professor of English at San Diego City College where he works on education reform. He has lived and worked in the San Diego community for over twenty years. He travels widely. Baron has published numerous poems and articles in magazines and journals around the country, performed on radio programs, and participated in many readings, lectures, and panels. He began his journey in New York City. Born into the tumultuous life of an artist’s family, Baron is passionate about the importance of art as a practical resource for discovering truth and as a means of survival in our everyday lives. He completed his MFA in Poetry in 1998. He also completed a certificate program in Biblical History and Theology, and is often a guest lecturer in Religion and Philosophy courses. He served for thirteen years on the executive board for the Border Voices Poetry Project. He works with the CS Lewis Foundation as well as many other professional and social communities.

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Heather Eudy was born and raised in San Diego County amid scrub oak, rocks, red-shouldered hawks and pomegranate trees. Always restless, she left for Colorado upon graduating high school and then San Francisco to study writing as an undergraduate student, but wound up in San Diego again working construction until pursuing her MFA in Poetry at San Diego State University. After completing her thesis, she got a job delivering cars cross country and then lived in Mexico for a while. It was there that she discovered the pleasures of teaching. Now, Eudy is a Professor of English at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, CA where she teaches composition, literature and creative writing. Her work has been featured in several anthologies.

Cali Linfor lectures in Rhetoric and Writing at San Diego State University. Her scholarly work focuses on issues of educational equity. Linfor moved to San Diego to attend graduate school in 1996 and never left. She is honored to be a member of the Mayday Poetry Workgroup along with the other poets in this book. Linfor’s publications include poems, articles, and short stories. She served as poetry editor of Epicenter Literary Magazine for sixteen years. Linfor was born in Garden Grove, California in the 1970s. She grew up mainly in Riverside, California. Reading and writing were a struggle for her as a child being both dyslexic and having been born with no opposable thumbs. But, convinced of the power of words, she eventually received a BA from UCLA in English while studying under Paula Gunn Allen and graduated with highest honors. She also has an MFA in Poetry. She lives happily near the banks of the San Diego River and the rolling hills of Mission Trails Regional Park with her family.

Sabrina Youmans
grew up in San Diego with Tecolote Canyon as her backyard. Her retired minister father and city-staffer mother are both Kansas children of the Depression and their value system of hard work, education and opportunity engrained itself into their daughters. For Youmans, this meant toiling with the written word. She started as a journalist and transitioned into education. In 1999, she earned her MFA in Poetry from San Diego State University. Since then, she has been teaching writing, poetry and how to connect with language. Originally trained as a language poet with Rae Armantrout, her poetic style also explores form while hovering over loss and beauty. For almost a decade she has been working at UCLA as a learning specialist supporting student athletes. She has published her poems in numerous literary journals.