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.
Recipient of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Maxine Hong Kingston reads from her work and discusses fact vs fiction, and how her writing travels beyond the boundaries of genre. (Full Audio: approx 1 hour 15 mins)