The Breast Cancer Resource Center and Santa Barbara's local poetry publisher, Gunpowder Press, invite you to read a poem while you wait. Reseach shows that poems can comfort and connect us during stressful times, distracted us when we are anxious or bored, and help us to feel more connected to our community. 

Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Laure-Anne Bosselaar edited this collection of original poems from 80 poets across Santa Barbara County. We created this online version so you can read these poems safely, for free, at any time on your own phone or tablet. You will even find a few extra poems on this site. Read more about the While You Wait project here.

You can also get your own copy of While You Wait from local booksellers or directly from Gunpowder Press here: While You Wait: A Collection by Santa Barbara County Poets.