meanwhile in Australia

August 5, 2021

If you’ve been curious about poetry in Australia, or even if you’ve never given it a second thought, August is an apt time to get acquainted with poets and poems from the world’s sixth-largest country. In fact, August 2021 has been designated as the nation’s inaugural Poetry Month and the calendar is packed with readings, workshops, broadcasts, conversations, collaborations, and much more. Have a look.

summer poetry

June 22, 2021

POETRY spelled out in Scrabble tiles

If you’re looking for a little extra juice for your poetry practice, here are a few workshop opportunities coming up soon:

  • Two Sylvias Press is offering three 4-week Online Poetry Retreats, July 5 – August 1, August 9 – September 5, and October 4 – October 31, 2021.
  • Summer Fishtrap presents the weeklong, virtual 34th Gathering of Writers: Resilience, July 12-18, 2021.
  • The Folger Shakespeare Library and the Friends of the U.S. Botanic Garden will offer Bloom: Plant-Inspired Poetry with poet Brenda Hillman and USBG horticulturist Adam Pyle on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
  • Kahini will offer a pair of online poetry workshops, The Discreteness of the Line and The Poetry of Work, taught by Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar, respectively, on Thursday, July 15, 2021.
  • If you’re looking for something a little more casual, Christopher J. Luna and Printed Matter Vancouver offer The Work Poetry Workshop, a virtual drop-in poetry writing workshop, on the second and fourth Monday of every month as well as the second Saturday of every month.

Happy summer and happy writing!

It’s back!

May 29, 2021

The park may look a little more like your computer monitor than usual, but don’t let that fool you: Poets in the Park is back for a rollicking weekend of readings, performances, workshops, and open mics. It’s all happening on Zoom next weekend, Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6, 2021, and it’s all FREE as long as you register.

Michael Dylan Welch has lined up an impressive schedule, with a pretty dazzling array of events and participants.

Have a look, sign up now, then prep your picnic and your poems and enjoy Poets in the Park right in your own back yard.

If your late-spring and summer plans haven’t quite taken shape, this might be a good time to browse the many offerings at Hugo House. The Summer 2021 catalog is now online and registration is open. There are also loads of events, including a free, every-Thursday-in-June Quarantine Write-In with Rena Priest and a free one-hour lunchtime writing Q&A with Rick Barot. The summer write-in events continue in July with Sierra Nelson and August with Jaimie Li. And that’s just a taste of what’s coming up.

workshop!

March 19, 2021

Curious about persona poetry? Alexandra Teague will offer a workshop on persona poetry, Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona, on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm. The class will be held on Zoom. Advance registration is required and all fees benefit the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest. See the complete description, instructor bio, and registration information on the Workshops page.

call for poems

March 1, 2021

The 2021 Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest is now open for submissions from Whatcom County, Washington, poets of all ages and experience. You can learn more about this year’s judges here and see the complete guidelines and submission details on the 2021 Contest page.

Also, a reminder for student poets: John S Green will offer a free Children’s Poetry Workshop, this Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 11:00am-12:15pm. Participation does not guarantee that your poem will be selected as a winner, but it’s sure to be fun. Advance registration is required.

…why not take a class? Wherever you may be in the world, the Hugo House catalog for Winter and Spring offers scores of online classes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, mixed genre, reading, writing for performance, etc. Whether you want a multi-week class or a one- or two-session intensive, there’s probably something here to expand your vision and your skills.

And while you’re on the Hugo House site, be sure to browse the list of near-daily events — readings, write-ins, Q & A, and much more.

more workshops!

January 26, 2021

The Sue Boynton Poetry Contest has added another workshop to the 2021 calendar: Beyond the Mask: Possibilities and Pitfalls of Persona. Taught by the accomplished Alexandra Teague, the workshop will explore the ways in which writing in another’s voice “may offer complicated perspectives and/or a more embodied or truer version of a self, as well as some of the ethics and potential pitfalls of speaking as another.” The workshop will be held online on Saturday, March 27, 2021, 2:00-4:00pm. See the complete description and registration information on the Workshops page.

Also, a reminder that there is still time to register for the February 6 Kathryn Smith workshop, I Get Where You’re Coming From: Maps as a Framework for Poetry. Again, please refer to the Workshops page for full details.

These modestly priced workshops benefit the Sue Boynton Poetry Contest. No previous poetry experience is required and anyone with an internet connection is welcome to attend.

The Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest has just added another workshop to the season’s offerings. This one, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, is designed for kids of all ages and is entirely free.

11:00am – 12:15pm
John S Green
Free Children’s Poetry Workshop

In this FREE CHILDREN’S POETRY WORKSHOP, John Green will present poetry as a fun, engaging act of creative writing. His workshop will be interactive, inviting all participants to write in response to a variety of prompts. Questions will be encouraged. The discussion will include style — for example, prose vs. verse — as well as suggestions for making writing a life-long love. NOTE: While the workshop is designed for young poets, all ages are welcome! Parents/guardians/educators, please feel free to accompany your child/ren as well, and… if you feel inspired, write along!

See John S Green’s bio and registration information on the Workshops page and plan to join in the fun on March 3 — just in time to get your poem written for the 2021 Sue Boynton Poetry Contest!

Workshops with powerful poets

December 16, 2020


We’ve mentioned Kahini many times before and are happy to report that the Kahini community continues to thrive in many places around the planet. There’s already much on the January calendar, including online writing seminars in both poetry and prose.

In particular, we note the following:

These workshops promise to set your poetry on a lively course for 2021. Follow the links to find more information and to register.

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