In this generative writing workshop, students will explore the possibilities of poetry as play. We will read a wide range of contemporary poetry and work on developing figurative language and imagery. During each session students will write 3 or 4 poems, which they can develop and polish later. Topics we will explore include: odes, dream poems, self-portraits, centos, persona poems and poems of place. At the end of the session, we will publish an anthology and have a reading at Poets House.
Designed for lifelong lovers of poetry as well as those who have always feared the genre, this five- day intensive will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of hands-on exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, and reading of poetry. Drawing on the abundant resources of Poets House’s library, reading room and multimedia center, participants will compose, workshop, and share their own poems over the course of the week, all the while approaching poetry as a teaching tool capable of inspiring diverse student populations to read, write, and interpret complex texts.
Write what you know: This most common of writing advice can also be the most confining—but only when limited to your own personal experiences. Instead, this generative weekend workshop will invite you to take on other lives and voices in your poems, to write from perspectives, time periods, and even genders not your own.
Enjoy readings by poets Cedar Sigo, Juliana Spahr, and Tanya Sarmina in the Oakland section of the Gallery of California Natural Sciences. They will use poetry to explore the gallery as a site for creative expression, while inspiring and educating viewers about parts of the natural world we often take for granted.