Gaucho Creators & Authors

The creative spark is alive and well in UC Santa Barbara grads

See Hear Move

Marco Pinter, M.S. ’89, Ph.D. ’15 has long known that movement and dance are enormously valuable for our physical and mental health yet are underutilized for this purpose. He hopes to change that with the Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences in Santa Barbara’s La Cumbre Plaza. This unique museum experience is dedicated to interactive and media displays and is designed for kinetic interaction from a distance. Pinter, founder and executive director of the museum, holds a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Technology from UC Santa Barbara.

While You Wait book cover

Poetry, No Waiting

Poetry publisher Gunpowder Press, co-edited by Chryss Yost ’97, MA ’18, Ph.D. ’18, and publisher David Starkey, recently launched While You Wait, an anthology edited by former College of Creative Studies lecturer Laure-Anne Bosselaar. Poet Laureate of Santa Barbara 2019-2021, Bosselaar envisioned a poetry book people could read in doctor’s office waiting rooms. Submissions were accepted from 80 poets in the community, but then COVID hit — and office waiting rooms sat empty.

Undeterred, Yost and Starkey created an online anthology designed to be read on phones. The hugely successful project has Santa Barbara Sansum Clinic posting QR codes in their waiting rooms, Santa Barbara MTD placing posters inside buses, and more medical facilities becoming involved.

Don’t get them wrong — Gunpowder Press still loves print books and has copies available. Current Gauchos and alums featured in the collection include faculty and staff, professors emerita, students and trustees.

To Be Discovered

Thomas Moran ’19, was a student programmer at KCSB, then served as music director and news director. Now he and co-host Maddy McPherson ’20, present TBD, airing Tuesdays, 8-10 p.m. on KCSB-FM 91.9. Their innovative show provides on-air space for a wide range of DIY musicians, those who write, record and produce their own work, usually at home. The show has continued to feature live performances and interviews, even during the pandemic. But in true DIY style, it’s all done safely from home.


Rough Draft by Katy Tur

Mad Mama

In her new memoir due to hit the shelves in November, MSNBC anchor Katy Tur ’05, brings together the personal and the professional. In Rough Draft: Motherhood & Media in a World Gone Mad, she opens up about everything from childhood to journalism to becoming a parent. Tur, daughter of journalists Zoey Tur and Marika Gerrard, is married to “CBS This Morning” co-host Tony Dokoupil, and in May 2021 she gave birth to their second child.

Podcast Prose

Brought to you by the Daily Nexus, UC Santa Barbara’s, student newspaper, the podcast Hot Off The Pod goes behind the headlines for unfiltered conversations on a variety of diverse topics, always from the student perspective. Launched in fall 2020 and completely student-run, the bi-weekly HOTP was developed with support from the University of California National Center for Free Speech and Civil Engagement.

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Fall / Winter 2021


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On With the Show!

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Bringing Back the Heat

Danae Miller, left, and Ila Lane are back in the Thunderdome this season

It’s Tip-Off Time