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Poetry Palooza! Workshops

Write and polish your poetry, essays, and writing skills through these workshops presented by Poetry Palooza! featured poets.  

Saturday, April 20, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  |  Grand View University
Morning Poetry Workshop Session (Pick One)

Saturday, April 20, 2024
1:15 - 3:00 p.m.  |  Grand View University
Afternoon Poetry Workshop Session (Pick One)

Youth Workshops

Engaging youth in poetry is a critical piece of our mission. We are thrilled to collaborate with many community partners to arrange the youth workshops below.

For more information on youth workshops, please contact poetryamp@gmail.com.

 

Note: These youth workshops are not open to the public.

2024 Poetry Palooza Youth Workshops

Thursday, April 11, 2024
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Bondurant High School

Led by Say Poetry DSM

Participants: Bondurant High School Students

The Art of Storytelling: Narrative Told through Image

We all carry stories within us. They shape our identity, they inform our beliefs and our choices. Most of all, when we listen and bear witness to other’s stories we create community. This workshop will utilize the tradition of spoken word poetry, oral tradition and the power of vivid imagery as tools to explore the stories that shape our lives. Participants can expect to leave with a personal piece of writing and a new connection to those they shared their workshop time with.

Wednesday, April 17, 2024
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Wesley Methodist Church

Led by Jennifer L. Knox

Participants: El Axito Middle & High School Students from DMPS

Bring on the Ugly: Creating Surprise in Your Poems

In both our poems and our brains, ugliness is “heavier” than beauty. Neuroimaging studies have shown that “ugly” art mobilizes the flight mechanism in our brains more intensely than “beauty,” which makes us want to run away from “ugly” faster. So why write poems about ugly things that make people want to run away? Because if everything in our poems is beautiful (or sexy or transcendent or whatever), nothing is. Ugly is a fascinating counter-ballast to the easier moves we make in poems out of habit. This hybrid workshop is for poets at any level who want to explore their idiosyncratic manifestations of ugliness and deepen the empathetic capacity of their poems. We will discuss short readings and poems that explore ugly images, settings, subjects, diction, forms and voices. Based on prompts from our discussions, we will write poems that explore ugliness in the body, the brain, and the world. Students have the option of using the Critical Response Process model in their workshop sessions.

Friday, April 19, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jester Nature Park

Led by Paul Brooke

Participants: Valley High School, Perry High School, Seniors from the Community

Pollen Grains on the Honeybee: Using Texture in Nature to Inspire Your Poetry 

In this workshop, participants will be inspired by found objects in nature to write and create images. Then, they will explore Jester Park to find inspiration in the natural world. That experience will lead to the creation of the participant's own poem.

Friday, April 19, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Grand View University

Led by Traci Brimhall

Participants: Middle & High School Students from DMPS

Memory Feast: Connecting Food, the Senses and Poetry

In so many communities there is an appetite to find language for our experiences and connect with others. Joyce Carol Oates said: “If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?” I believe cuisine can be a link to open a memory, a great way to connect with those we love, and a source of inspiration for poetry. This workshop will use poetry to connect us both with our senses in daily activities as well as help us recall memories that remind us of family, culture and community. Poetry can be a place of nourishment, a bounty of the sensory, a feast of words.

Friday, April 19, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

South Tama County High School

Led by Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey

Participants: South Tama County High School Students

Spoken Word 101 & Protest Poetry

High school students from South Tama County High School will experience an introduction to spoken word poetry and protest poetry by renowned poet Caleb "The Negro Artist" Rainey.

Friday, April 19, 2024
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Homes of Oakridge

Led by Debra Marquart

Participants: Oakridge Neighborhood Youth

Poem Generator Workshop

To make a poem is to make a fuss, to dwell, to ask questions, to speak up. Come to this poem generator workshop ready to do some freewriting in response to prompts and to share your generative drafts.

Thursday, April 25, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Jester Nature Park

Led by Paul Brooke

Participants: Perry High School, Grand View University Students, Seniors from the Community

Pollen Grains on the Honeybee: Using Texture in Nature to Inspire Your Poetry 

In this workshop, participants will be inspired by found objects in nature to write and create images. Then, they will explore Jester Park to find inspiration in the natural world. That experience will lead to the creation of the participant's own poem.

Let us know your plans

Do you know which workshops you are interested in attending? Complete the RSVP form (or update your existing RSVP) with your selected workshops. We are looking forward to having you at Poetry Palooza!

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