|Thu Feb 1, 7:30 pm: Jane Hirshfield Reads at the Outdoor Art Club|
When the weight of the world is heavy, poetry can be a balm for our souls, and a catalyst for our spirits. Come to the Outdoor Art Club for an evening with local treasure and internationally acclaimed poet, Jane Hirshfield.
Ms. Hirshfield's poetry has been described as "radiant and passionate" (The New York Times Book Review) and "among the pantheon of the modern masters of simplicity" (the Washington Post.) Her eighth, and most recent, book of poetry The Beauty
, was long listed for the National Book Award. Her book of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry
, is considered a classic.
Light refreshments will be served.
Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithedale, Mill Valley
For more information go to www.outdoorartclub.org
|Sat Feb 10, 10 am - 4:30 pm: The Poet as Memoirist - Workshop with Ellery Akers|
This fun and supportive poetry workshop will explore two themes: memory and nature. Most of the time will be for "freewriting' in class, writing ten-minute poetry exercises from prompts. (No one has to read anything aloud.)
Among the topic of discussion will be the "six secrets" of writing, list poems, persona poems, letters, poems of address, and even surrealism.
Part of the class will be devoted to a study of craft: investigating the uses of rhythm, repetition, long and short lines, and the benefits of keeping a "word list" of strong verbs and nouns.
Santa Rosa Junior College
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The Poet as Memoirist
|Wed Feb 28, 7 pm: Margaret Stawowy Launch|
launches her full length book, Keeper of the Pond
"Margaret Stawowy's poems are vivid, allusive, yet precise, rich in emotional detial, and written in language that draws the reader into her world so that it becomes our world, too.
- Richard Modiano, director, Beyond Baroque
Rebound Bookstore, 1611 4th Street San Rafael
Sun Apr 15, 3:30 pm: Britt-Marie's Poetry Series, 1369 Solano Ave, Albany
|Sat Mar 31, 1-4pm: Performing Poetry With Authentic Voice with Claire Blotter|
In this fun experiential workshop, distinct performance
poetry styles will be explored. Participants will learn
and how to clearly express both ideas and emotions using simple vocal techniques, such as playing "Name that Tone" to strengthen the range
of our voices by practicing ancient sounds for energy centers of the body.
Participants will create tone maps for one page poems and perform them, neither overly dramatizing nor reading blandly but with clear compelling authentic voice.
College of Marin, Academic Center, Rm. 236
415 485-9305 or 415 895-1657
|Poetry Writing Master Class with Tom Centolella|
"Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful." - Rita Dove
Poets attempt to say the unsayable—an ambition that should never be "all work, no play." In this lively workshop, a master poet will play Virgil to your Dante, guiding the way to your unique vision and voice. Bring your works-in-progress, or the optional weekly assignment, for encouraging, in-depth feedback. To jumpstart inspiration, each meeting will begin with the discussion of a notable poem, occasionally followed by a fun in-class exercise—all supplemented by examinations into poetic forms (ancient to contemporary), the art of revision, and creative tactics for extracting the hidden gold of your imagination. For all poets, wherever you are on the journey.
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Poetry Master Class