“I truly love your manner with the students. I particularly admire the way you help them find ways to not settle for the easy response, but to look inside to connect to something meaningful.”
NOTE: Each session’s replay video will be emailed within 24 hours post-session, so you won’t miss anything if you can’t attend “live.” This also means you can register for an in-progress webinar.
- LAST-TUESDAY INFUSION: Making PO/EMotion
When: 2 Tuesdays, November–December // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)
Cost: $49 (payable through PayPal)
If a poem is a body of words, not a body of thoughts and feelings, how do we infuse a poem with emotion? For the remaining last Tuesdays of 2020, we’ll discuss poems that express two particular emotions we’ve likely been struggling to feel this year, to discern how the poet emotes through language & structure choices, then practice writing our own
November 24: Gratitude
December 29: Joy
- A HOLE IN THE WORLD: Writing the Elegy
When: 7 consecutive days, December 2–8 // 12:00–1:00 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–10:00 AM (Pacific)
Cost: $77 (payable through PayPal)
Ancient Greek playwright and poet Euripides wrote, in Herakles, “Come back! Even as a shadow, even as a dream.” Even as a poem? In recognition of Grief Awareness Week and the Jewish tradition of shiva, the seven-day mourning period following one’s burial, we will gather for an hour a day for seven consecutive days, to honor, through the reading and writing of elegies, all that we’ve lost and whom we grieve for. We will alchemize loss into bodies of language that reimagine the holy and the whole.
- A MASK SAYS MORE THAN A FACE: Writing the Persona Poem
When: 4 Sundays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 // 6:30–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 3:30–5:30 PM (Pacific)
Cost: $99 (payable through PayPal)
“The purpose of poetry is to remind us / how difficult it is to remain just one person, / for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, / and invisible guests come in and out at will,” writes Czeslaw Milosz, in “Ars Poetica?” Well, let’s meet those guests by writing poems in their voices, from their points of view! The post-COVID, post-Trump world is calling us, it seems, to live as global citizens, to truly, truly empathize with those outside our communities, outside our spheres of engagement and influence. Through the reading and writing of persona poems, let’s launch a new year, 2021, by trying on the masks of those who are not us, who are not like us, to discover and express the multifaceted, multi-faced human self we are, each and all, living into.
- POEMULATE: Your Monthly Upgrade
When: 3rd Wednesdays // 12:00–12:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–9:30 AM (Pacific)
We’ve all heard poet Oscar Wilde’s famous quote “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”—but that was only half of it: “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.” Whoa! Okay, then let’s use imitation to uplevel our poetry game. Let’s emulate! Every third Wednesday, we’ll explore one published poem and expand our understanding of how a poem works, by mimicking, move by move, the poet’s language and structure.
- POEMANATE: Spread the Good Word
When: 2nd Mondays // 12:00–12:30 PM (Eastern) / 9:00–9:30 AM (Pacific)
Every second Monday, for 30 minutes, we’ll study the good words of a published poem to determine how it delivers the good word to illuminate our humanity. Then we’ll emanate that humanity: we’ll, en masse, send this poem out—by email, postcard, letter, social media—into our worlds, to our friends, family, and colleagues; to business owners, media representatives, and government officials at the local, state, and federal levels; to whoever you suspect would be strengthened by some heart-opening, some soul-listening.