Willa will present Sat. Oct. 10th10- 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

To learn about all PROGRAMS and to register click here

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.

READING LIST:
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

ART and SPIRIT Workshop

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.

Sunday, March 10th, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00PM
Mittlleman Jewish Comunity Center
6651 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
In partnership with ORA NW Jewish Artists
Cost: $18

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

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