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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 8:30  

Doors Open : Poetry Place Opens   |   BriarPatch Festival Café Opens

9:00

INTRODUCTIONS

Emcee Sands Hall   |   Nisenan Welcome

9:30

KEYNOTE by Robin Coste Lewis

10:10  10-minute break

10:20

MAINSTAGE READINGS

Straight Out Scribes   |   Charles Entrekin   |   Gail Entrekin   |   Molly Fisk

11:10   15-minute break

11:25

WORKSHOPS

Film Screening & Q&A: Video Poetics | Daniel Reeves in conversation with Luanne McKinnon

Straight Out Scribes

Kirsten Casey

12:20

LUNCH

BriarPatch Festival Café   |   Poetry Place   |   Open Mic

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1:10

READING SESSION

Marcello Hernandez Castillo   |   Mel Pryor   |   Kim Shuck

IN CONVERSATION

Neeli Cherkovski and Bill Gainer

2:15   10-minute break

2:25

WORKSHOPS

Neeli Cherkovski   |   Mel Pryor   |   Maxima Kahn   |   Gail and Charles Entrekin

3:20  10-minute break

3:30

MAINSTAGE READINGS

Indigo Moor   |   Judy Halebsky

IN CONVERSATION 

David Kipen with Cynthia Haven, facilitated by Kim Culbertson    |   What does it mean to be a Literary Citizen?

4:40

YOUTH VOICES

High School – Poetry Out Loud   |   Middle School – Poetry Slam   |   Middle & Elementary – Dream a Difference

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5:30

wrap party

You're Invited!  Meet the poets, enjoy a no-host bar and delicious small bites menu at The Stone House restaurant immediately following the festival.

The Stone House,  107 Sacramento St., Nevada City


Workshops

WORKSHOP : THE ART OF NOTICING

11:25 AM WITH KIRSTEN CASEY

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In her poem “Valentine for Ernest Mann,” Naomi Shihab Nye writes, “… Poems hide.  In the bottoms of our shoes, / they are sleeping. They are the shadows / drifting across our ceilings the moment / before we wake up. What we have to do / is live in a way that lets us find them.”  Looking for unusual images, compelling words, and specific details in daily life is essential to every poet. “Noticing things” is the poet’s main qualification, but to succeed, the poet needs to translate that perspective into specific, original words. In my workshop, I will challenge the participants to battle clichés, to use found lines, and to complete similes to create their own work. The most detrimental cause of failure in poetry is lack of originality, which happens when we are afraid to represent “the usual” in unusual ways. Poetry only happens from the practice of seeing in one’s own way, through one’s own words. Sometimes it helps to create together, to focus on poetic individuality as a word adoring workshop of seekers.


WORKSHOP : RELEASE!

11:25 AM - WITH Straight Out Scribes

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Dr. V.S. Chochezi and Staajabu will help us experience the many avenues writing and sharing poetry provide to release tension, relieve anxiety and manage stress. Learn about poetry as a mechanism for mental liberation and relaxation, and writing as way to quiet troublesome thoughts. Experience poetry as a way “to get it off your chest!” This is a generative workshop in which you will write poetry or prose to the topic, and share your poem with fellow participants, should you choose to.


Film screening & Q&A : VIDEO POETICS

11:25 AM - Daniel Reeves in conversation with Luanne McKinnon

 
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35 minute screening of excerpts from acclaimed films Sombre a Sombre, Sabda, and Obsessive Becoming, followed by Q & A.

Daniel Reeves is a pioneer of Video Poetics, a category of experimental video art. Verses of Denise Levertov, César Vallejo, Federico García Lorca, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Allen Ginsberg, among other world poets, as well as Reeves’ own poetry, have been used throughout his oeuvre.

Luanne McKinnon is a modernist art historian specializing in American and European art of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Her work has focused upon abstraction and the spiritual in art.

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WORKSHOP : WHAT IS POETRY?

2:25 PM - WITH NEELI Cherkovski

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We will discuss a deep and difficult question: “What is Poetry?” The Greeks say it is “making.” We talk of poetry as vital to the creative process. What else? We think we know, but do we really? Let’s track down some possible answers and even discover something new about ourselves.


WORKSHOP : Igniting your Poetic Fire

2:25 PM - How to get Unstuck and Inspired WITH MAXIMA KAHN

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In this workshop, I will share powerful tools for blasting through writer’s block and setting up the right conditions to entice your muse to come out and play. We often approach our muse in all the wrong ways, and then wonder why the blank page stares at us and nothing comes.

We will cover power keys to creativity, a range of ways to get inspired, as well as sources for your poems. And, of course, we will write! You’ll find the pen and words flowing and a new sense of freedom in your writing. This approach also helps you to find your most authentic, alive voice.


WORKSHOP : Diving into the Riptide

2:25 PM - WITH Mel Pryor

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Writing truthfully often involves taking risks, risks to ourselves or those close to us. How do poets tackle difficult subject matter in their work? This workshop will look at poems about loss, mental illness or troubled relationships and focus on different poetic techniques that might be useful in helping us approach these sensitive areas. 


WORKSHOP : The Heart of the Poem:What's at Stake

2:25 PM - GAIL AND CHARLES ENTREKIN

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Charles and Gail Entrekin will discuss the writing of lyrical poems: Something important must be revealed both to the poet and to the reader in the course of the poem. Otherwise the poem is merely observation. We will read poems by others that succeed in this way, discuss how the process works, and write our own poems to a prompt or two as time permits.  


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SPECIAL ADDition!

Sunday, April 29 with Sacramento Poet Laureate Indigo Moor.

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WORKSHOP : Writing to History and Culture

Using the Tools of the Present to Illuminate the Past with indigo moor

A workshop for poets invested in writing about culture—whether their own or someone else’s— and history, both near and distant. We will examine seven effective elements that serve to anchor the reader in the emotional moment of the writing, placing the work in the dead center of the time and setting. The objective is to instill tools in the writer's arsenal that help to kidnap the audience.

Sunday April 29 at 11am-1pm

Community Room  |  Briarpatch Food Co-op

290 Sierra College Drive  |  Grass Valley


Wrap Party

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THE WRAP PARTY

Meet the poets, enjoy a no-host bar and delicious small bites menu at

The Stone House

120 Sacramento St., Nevada City


pre-festival poetry pop-ups

View a schedule of not-to-be-missed poetic opportunities, readings, open mic, coffee for a poem, radio broadcasts, Zine Workshop, Poetry Out Loud youth performances, and benefits throughout March and April in celebration of National Poetry Month... here.

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