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June

“Think Like Water” Poetry Workshops

This may be of interest, if you live in the Southern California area:

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Dear Los Angeles Poet Society Members and Friends,

Check out all the great poetry happenings in Eagle Rock this summer!
Come on down starting Tuesday, June 14, and every other Tuesday after that, to learn new poetic techniques and styles this summer! Each class is only $5, and you get a journal! Taught by LAPS Founder & Poet, Jessica M. Wilson MFA!

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April

April is Here and So Is National Poetry Month 2016!

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April is here and that means that so is National Poetry Month 2016! National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we should celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

  • highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems,
  • assist teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms,
  • increase the attention paid to poetry by national and local media,
  • encourage increased publication and distribution of poetry books, and
  • encourage support for poets and poetry.
  • You can learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can be involved by visiting the National Poetry Month 2016 web page at Poets.orge. Celebrate poetry and have fun!

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    2
    October

    Just Sharing An Excellent Article on Sylvia Plath

    sylvia-plathFor today’s post I’d just like to share a link to an excellent article on Poet Sylvia Plath on the Poetry Foundation website.

    This article was one of several in the Poetry Foundation’s latest newsletter. You can sign up to receive their bi-weekly newsletter and other newsletters here, if you wish. I’d encourage you to do so, if you love poetry. They’re great resources!

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    2
    April

    April is National Poetry Month!

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    April is National Poetry Month in the US. It is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives. If you don’t happen to live in the US, it doesn’t matter. You can celebrate poetry wherever you are. Poetry is a universal thing that knows no national boundaries!

    You can read more about National Poetry Day, why it’s important and how you can participate by clicking here. In fact, here are 30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month. Do something to enhance your life. Make poetry a regular part of it!

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    20
    March

    Next Month (April) is National Poetry Month!

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    The month of April is National Poetry Month here in the US of A. Of course, you don’t have to live here to celebrate it. Poetry isn’t restricted by national boundaries. It’s a universal thing! If you want to learn more about National Poetry Month and how you can participate, check out this article.
    I hope you will do something to celebrate NPM and make poetry a bigger part of your life. You’ll be better off for it, I guarantee!

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    9
    August

    William Safire’s Rules for Writers

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    The passive voice should never be used.

    Do not put statements in the negative form.

    Verbs have to agree with their subjects.

    Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

    If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.

    A writer must not shift your point of view. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
    (Remember, too, a preposition is a terrible word to end a sentence with.)

    Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!

    Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.

    Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.

    If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.

    Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.

    Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.

    Always pick on the correct idiom.

    The adverb always follows the verb.

    Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague; seek viable alternatives.

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    18
    July

    A Great Resource for Southern California – the Los Angeles Poet Society

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    I stumbled upon the great website of the Los Angeles Poet Society today. As usual, I will let LAPS explain itself with this excerpt from their website:

    Founded in 2010, the Los Angeles Poet Society, (LAPS), was by raised by East LA born Poet, Jessica M. Wilson. The mission of the LAPS is to create a bridge, fusing the communities of Los Angeles and Southern California Poets, poetry organizations, Writer groups, booksellers, publishers, literary enthusiasts and supporters into a unified social and literary network.

    The focal point of LAPS is to network and publicize the events and achievements of its members. LAPS also organizes and promotes events, pulling from within its own community, to create and sustain Los Angeles’ literary anchor.

    The founder, Jessica M. Wilson, is a poet from East Los Angeles, CA. Jessica holds her Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Otis College, and a BA in both Creative Writing and Art History from UC Riverside. She is the Founder of the Los Angles Poet Society, Writers’ Row (a showcase of Writers during the downtown Art Walk), Writer Wednesdays, and SoapBox Poets which is a collaborative group of artists delivering their work to masses.

    If you live in or around Los Angeles, you might want to become a member and take advantage of all this organization has to offer.

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    9
    March

    Highly Subjective Lists of Favorite SoCal Poetry Venues

    poetixI found this list on the Poetix website today. I’ve written about Poetix before on this blog and it’s continues to be a great resource for the poetry community in Southern California where I reside. If you live in SoCal or are a visitor and looking for a poetry venue to visit, G. Murray Thomas and Terry McCarty provide their takes on their favorite SoCal poetry venues. I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll enjoy close to you.

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    8
    March

    Poets House

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    about-buildingBeing relatively new to the world of poetry, I am constantly running across great resources for those who love poetry. Recently I came upon Poets House. Frankly, if I tried to write something to describe Poets House it would probably read about as well as my poetry. So I will let Poets House describe itself. The following paragraphs are from Poets House own “About” page. If you want to learn more, you can visit their website. It is packed full of information, resources and programs for poetry lovers of all ages and backgrounds. Check it out. I only wish I lived in NYC to visit the Poets House library in person.

    Founded in 1985 by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Stanley Kunitz and arts administrator Elizabeth Kray, Poets House began a year-long celebration of its 25th anniversary of public programming this year, a celebration of our modest beginnings and growth to serving millions each year. Poets House continues to bring world-renowned poets to new audiences, welcoming poetry experts as well as those new to the art form, every day.

    We invite you to visit our 50,000-volume poetry library in New York City. Poets House’s collection is among the most comprehensive, open-stacks collections of poetry in the United States. Attend our acclaimed poetry events and poetry workshops. Be sure to become a member today to receive special benefits and to support our ongoing work – Poets House documents the wealth and diversity of modern poetry and stimulates public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture.

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    23
    January

    Poets.org Events Calendar

    eventcalendarIf you’re looking for a poetry-related event in your region or are looking to publicize your group’s event, the Events Calendar at Poets.org is a great tool. The calendar allows you to search the large Poets.org database of events by state, date range or keyword. It’s a great way to quickly find poetry events in your area.

    If you or your group has an event you would like on the calendar, you can submit the details by clicking the ‘Submit an Event’ link on the left. Fill out all the relevant information and provide contact details, click the submit button and you’re good to go. It’s a great resource for those looking to find or promote poetry-related events.

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