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Summer Poetry Workshops

The Carlsbad City Library and Magee Park Poets will host five free poetry events and workshops during this summer and fall at the Georgina Cole Library, located at 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Admission is free. Advanced registration is required. Seating is first come, first served.

At a Glance

Sunday, June 11

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Real of Surreal? Imaginative Play with Metaphor and Dream Workshop led by Janel Spencer-Levy.

In this workshop, participants will explore how new meaning is created with metaphor. Drawing from the writing of the masters, participants will learn how dreamscapes can allow the re-construction of reality and move readers out of dream-worlds into surrealist worlds. Janel Spencer-Levy teaches writing at San Diego State University, works for Poetry International and is a member of the cooperative press Calypso Editions. 

Sunday, Aug. 13

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Keeping the Muse Close Workshop led by Kathy O’Fallon.

Join Kathy O’Fallon for this workshop where participants will explore what their own individual spark brings to the originality of their poetry.   Kathy O’Fallon’s poetry and fiction have appeared in dozens of literary journals, magazines and anthologies. She also works as a clinical psychology in private practice.

Sunday, Sept. 10

1:30-4:30 p.m.
For All the History of Grief/An Empty Doorway on a Maple Leaf Workshop led by Steve McDonald.

In this workshop participants will focus on the primacy of image in successful poem writing. Participants will spend some time defining what is or is not an image, recognizing when to move from image to explanation and/or abstraction, as well as practice invention, development, and discovery of image. Steve McDonald is a professor and former Dean of Languages and Literature at Palomar College. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals.

Sunday, Nov. 5

1:30-4:30 p.m.
Practice, Performance, Publication Workshop led by Jenny Minniti-Shippey.

In this fast-paced workshop, participants will dive into the three aspects of life as a working poet: the practice of writing, editing, and revising poems; the performance of poetry reading, and the best methods for publication of original work. Jennifer Minniti- Shippey is the Managing Editor of Poetry International literary journal, and a professor at San Diego State University.  

More Information

To register, call 760-602-2400 x8149. For more information, contact Keith Gemmell at 760-602-2024 or keith.gemmell@carlsbadca.gov.  All poetry workshops and readings are made possible in part by the Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

 

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June 6, 2017