Willa will present Sat. Oct. 10th, 10- 11:10am
Introduction To Documentary Poetry
We will consider how it is actually not difficult to get “the news” from poetry, but that in many ways, poetry may be superior and more “truthful” then news gleaned from the newspaper, radio or social media. We will explore how poetry non-fiction gives us a fresh take on history and documents injustice. We will discuss works in this genre by Frances Payne Adler, Charles Reznikoff, Muriel Rukeyser, Doug Van Gundy, Alissa Quart and Reginald Dwayne Betts. Handouts of poems, and articles to inspire poem making will be emailed to you prior to the workshop. Please attempt a draft. Your first drafts and ideas for poems will be discussed.
Oregon Poetry Association's day long Conference on Zoom
Virtual OPA Conference!
All Day October 10, 2020
New Low Conference Fee $55
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Past Workshops & Seminars
Delve Fall 2019 Literature Seminar: Literature of Modern and Contemporary Jewish American Women Writers
Guide: Willa Schneberg
In this seminar, we will discuss the “other” Jewish American writers—not Bellow, Roth, Pinsky or Chabon, but work by Jewish American women writers who have created a different canon. We will discuss work by Susan Sontag, Cynthia Ozick, Adrienne Rich, Marge Piercy and others arguably of their stature. We will explore the particular light Jewish women writers shine on the American Jewish experience and why their profound contributions to literature have often been overlooked. To learn more about this event click here.
I, Etcetera: Stories by Susan Sontag
Cannibal Gallery by Cynthia Ozick
Split at the Root: An Essay on Jewish Identity by Adrienne Rich
He, She and It by Marge Piercy
A Few Words in the Mother Tongue by Irena Klepfisz
The Moon is Almost Full by Chana Bloch
Divinity School by Alicia Jo Rabins
Paper is White by Hilary Zaid
Getting Home Alive by Rosario Morales and Aurora Levins Morales
Willa will present a workshop based on poems by Jewish poets that are in part inspired by biblical texts. There will be time to write first drafts of your poems inspired by such poets as Yehuda Amichai and Chana Bloch.
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.
$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.
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
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