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Finding Our Way To Hope In Spring: A Poetry Workshop

Sunday, February 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

We live in interesting times, where finding one’s balance can be difficult. Reading and writing poetry offers many consolations, and at times helps us find a more optimistic perspective. Poetry also helps readers and writers develop empathy to see each other across cultures. In this writing workshop participants will read poems of hope by writers from diverse cultures including Saadi Shirazi, Naomi Shihab Nye, Kazim Ali, Chana Bloch, Adrienne Rich, Ross Gay, and William Carlos Williams.  Participants will also have the opportunity to explore writing their own poems using games and a variety of traditional and invented forms. There will also be time to share work (optional.) Participants age 14 and above are welcome. Please bring whatever writing materials you like using: pen and paper, a notebook, or a laptop.

The workshop leader, Carol Dorf, has led poetry workshops as a California poet-in-the-schools, at Vista College (now BCC), at the Bridges: Mathematics and Art international conference, at the California Mathematics Council Conference, and in other venues. She also has taught for many years in BUSD (in mathematics). Her chapbooks and publications include: “Some Years Ask,” (Moria Press,) and “Theory Headed Dragon,” (Finishing Line Press,) as well as poems in “Shofar,” “Bodega,” “Great Weather For Media,” “About Place,” “The Mom Egg,” “Scientific American,” “Maintenant,” and elsewhere. She is editor of Talking Writing.

LOCATION: ICCNC, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California – 1433 Madison St., Oakland, CA 94612-4314

No cost to attend.

Advance registration required – To register, or if you have questions, contact Lea Delson at lea@delsonphoto.com or (510) 528-6725. Workshop limited to 20 participants.

Sponsored by the Faith Trio, an alliance of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Kehilla Community Synagogue, and Montclair Presbyterian Church, striving since 2001 to build positive connections among people of diverse faiths in the Oakland area.


Sunday, February 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
1433 Madison Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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