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Apr
7
10:00 PM22:00

Poetry Workshop in San Pedro

Funk it Up! Exploring Unexpected Forms with Kelly Grace Thomas

Want to know how to turn a grocery list into a work of art? Use equations to convey emotion? Create tension from a true/false quiz? Learn from award-winning poet, educator and editor, Kelly Grace Thomas how to funk it up by employing unexpected forms. From questionnaires to word problems, these strange and imaginative structures are sure to spice up your creative juices, and reshape the way you look at building a poem.

In this workshops participants will:

  • Cross genres and modalities to revive their poetry

  • Innovate new forms to create varied technique tension

  • Expand language through symbols and steps 

  • Alter expectations to catch any editor’s eye 

Sunday, April 7, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

San Pedro (RSVP for address) 

Class limit 15 poet

Tuition: $50


RSVP to Kelly@thePoetrySalon.com

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Oct
1
to Nov 19

Online Editing Workshops

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Our quarterly 8-week workshop sessions deepen your writing practice by focusing on the craft and techniques of poetry, how to respond to others’ work, and how to hone your rough drafts into original, powerful written pieces. 


The Poetry Salon uses wholly original curriculum that comprise up to two years of instruction. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will develop confidence and wonder as you master the mysterious art form. Classes start the first week of October and go through the third week of November.


Start Date 10/7

  • On-Line Classes, any time of day, anywhere you are

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Jul
22
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP: Surprise! Use Language They’ll Never Forget

“It’s not what you say, but how you say it…” Learn from award-winning poet, educator and editor, Kelly Grace Thomas, how to create language that will help your writing land! In this workshop, learn techniques to create impactful turns of phrase, evoke surprise and create a voice full of vitality and vigor. Absorb the power of authors such as Paige Lewis, Kaveh Akbar, Patricia Smith, Kristin Chang and more.

 

In this workshops participants will:

 

●      Defy expectations; turn clichés upside down

 

●      Transform your writer’s voice to surprise your audience

 

●      Keep the reader engaged and set your writing apart

 

●      Generate and share new work

 

Date: Sunday 7/22

 

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

 

Price: $50

 

Please pay in advance to reserve your spot. Please email kelly@thepoetrysalon.com to register.

 

Workshop limited to 15 participants.  

 

Location: Private Residence in San Pedro

(Address will be sent after registration)

 

 

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Jul
21
7:00 PM19:00

READING: The Poetry Circus

he Poetry Circus is a free event for all ages. It includes merry-go-round rides, poetry readings by over 30 well-known poets, tables housing several Los Angeles publishers and literary organizations, interactive poetry performances, haiku balloons, face painting, crafts, and more. This year’s Circus features all female poets, in celebration of the 97th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote.

The Poetry Circus was inspired by the release of the collection, In the Circus of You, by Nicelle Davis, published in 2015 by Rose Metal Press. Part workshop, community outreach, performance, ride, dance, and creation, the Poetry Circus blurs the line between performer and audience to allow everyone the chance to run away and join the circus. By presenting poetry in an alternative venue, the egalitarian characteristics of poetry are amplified. Poetry IS for everyone, regardless of where we come from or how we got there; we all process and understand the world through metaphor.

Griffith Park is one of the largest parks in the United States. Over 120 years old, it is located in the middle of the sprawling and congested cities that make up Los Angeles County. These 4,310 acres form a sacred refuge. Here the majestic California wilderness helps us reflect on our place in the larger universe. It is “The People’s Park,” created from a long history of regret and redemption. It is forged from humility, and because of this Griffith Park remains one of the few egalitarian strongholds in Los Angeles County. Like Griffith Park, the Poetry Circus is for the people.

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Apr
26
to Apr 28

EVENT: 7th Annual Get Lit Classic Slam

Classic Slam is the largest youth classic poetry festival in the world, where high school students from all over Southern California face off to “slam” iconic poems & their original responses. Every April (National Poetry Month) students complete Get Lit’s in-school program with this festival, judged by artistic thought leaders, for school spirit & cash scholarships. See past performances on KCET & YouTube!

 

https://getlit.org/events/classic-slam/

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Apr
22
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP: Poetry of Social Justice

Inspired by the work of bold, contemporary poets such as Hieu Minh Nguyen, Ocean Vuong, Richard Siken and Patricia Smith, this three-hour generative workshop will use purpose, potency and power to ignite poetry that addresses social justice and the issues we face today. Anchored in urgency, identity and experience, poets will learn to write in ways that deliver empathy and power. Join us if you want to create art that can uproot conventions, challenge the powerful and inspire critical and vital change in our world.

Class limited to 10 poets; First Saturday of every month; Tuition: $50

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Apr
21
10:30 PM22:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise LBGT L50+

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Apr
14
10:30 AM10:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise LBGT L50+

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

RECOMMENDED: The Editing Game

Taught by Tresha Haefner Rubenstien.

Want to get a fresh perspective on the editing process? Learn how to punch up a rough draft?  In this fun, innovative workshop, award-winning author Tresha Faye Haefner will lead you through a series of editing “games” to show you tricks for working with a rough draft in a whole new way. 

 

Drawing on the writing “games” of 20th century surrealist poets and the psychology of creativity, Tresha will share techniques of editing you won’t get anywhere else.

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Apr
7
10:30 PM22:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise LBGT L50+

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Mar
31
10:30 PM22:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise LBGT L50+

till We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

 

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Feb
27
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

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Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

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Feb
13
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

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Feb
10
10:30 AM10:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise- L50 + LBGT Los Angeles

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Feb
6
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

 

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

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Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise- L50+ LBGT Los Angeles

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

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Feb
3
10:30 AM10:30

WORKSHOP: Still We Rise- L50 + LBGT Los Angeles

Still We Rise is a weekly workshop dedicated to language and the lesbian experience. In this class, participants will read, discuss and respond to work crafted by powerful and prominent lesbian writers, as well as share and strengthen their own story. Touching on both the personal and political, Still We Rise celebrates and examines issues of social justice, sexual identity and any other aspects that contribute to turmoil and/or triumph. This class is specifically crafted for senior lesbians and aims to engage the collective to generate multi-genre works. In this class  participants will share stories, pen their purpose and connect through community. The class will meet Saturday mornings and will culminate with a printed anthology and final class reading.

View Event →
Jan
30
7:00 PM19:00

WORKSHOP: KGT Advanced Editing with the Poetry Salon

The Poetry Salon is a fun, nurturing environment where advanced writers come to share their work and develop their craft. Here students deepen their writing practice by learning how to not only write- but rewrite, how to listen to their work and the work of others with a trained ear, how to provide and receive supportive critique and practice the art of revision. Whether you are writing for publication or for personal fulfillment, you will find a supportive environment, and a group of fellow writers and editors to help you develop a greater sense of confidence and wonder as you master this most mysterious art form here at The Poetry Salon.

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