Writing the Letter PoemWriting the Letter Poem

We will glean how the letter is a cousin to the poem. Indeed, they both share the need to communicate to a reader in evocative language. But in the epistolary poem the writer might be a persona and the reader might be “real,” invented, historic, an animal or a place. Masters in this genre: the Medieval Chinese poet Cao Zhi, Elizabeth Bishop, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes and Bernadette Mayer will guide us in our process.

Weds. April 19, 2017, 3 -4:30pm
Lan Su Chinese Garden 

Portland, Oregon

POETRY OF RESISTANCE & RESILIENCE WORKSHOP

$30. All proceeds will go to the Volunteer Children's Development Association Siem Reap, Cambodia 

Opening Reception Program, in conjunction with the Cambodian Resiliency Exhibition, First Congregational UCC, Portland 

In this generative workshop, we will grapple with what constitutes poetry of resistance and resilience in the light of extreme social justice violations, including genocide. We will discuss the role of poetry in our current political climate, and investigate how to respond to economic inequity, environmental degradation, sexism, racism and heterosexism through the poem’s lyrics, and no resort to polemical language. Poetry from masters of this genre: Martin Espada, Brian Turner, Carolyn Forche, John Smelcer, Khmer poet U Sam Oeur, and Oregon poets Frances Payne Alder and Carter McKenzie will guide us in this process.

February 18, 2017
United Church of Christ
Portland, Oregon

Selected Past Workshops

November 13, 2016
San Luis Obispo Poetry Festival
WRITING THE POLITICAL POEM
San Luis Obispo, California

August 14, 2016
Willamette Writers Conference

HOW TO PUBLISH THE FULL-LENGTH POETRY MANUSCRIPT
Portland, Oregon

January 20 – Jan. 25, 2015
Voices Israel: A Group of Israeli Poets who Write in English

USING THE NEWS FOR POEM-MAKING
Jerusalem & Zefat, Israel

March 30, 2013
Portland Shambhala Center

WRITING THE BUDDHIST POEM
Portland, Oregon

November 4, 2012
Oregon Jewish Museum & Center for Holocaust Education
WRITING THE JEWISH MOTHER
Portland, Oregon

February 18, 2012
Milwaukie Poetry Series Workshop, Pond House
INVITING LITTLE RIDING HOOD, THE ORACLE, AND THE COAT OF MANY COLORS INTO OUR POEMS
Milwaukie, Oregon

October 10, 2010
Wordstock
THE POET'S PALATE
We fed our poetic appetites, and awakened our palates on the page. We wrote about the harvest, the marketplace, the sensuality of the epicurean experience, what we ingest, and what we imbibe.
Portland, Oregon