Words to Change Our World: Earth & Poetry Month readings

WORDS TO CHANGE OUR WORLD

Join us as we celebrate National Earth Month & National Poetry Month
Garden Patio by the Library & Student Services
FREE * Refreshments * Book Signing * ALL WELCOME

W APRIL 9 AMALIO MADUENO
FROM TAOS, NEW MEXICO * AUTHOR OF LOST IN THE CHAMISO
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics
<1:15-2pm Earth Action Day organizing meeting J-1; also 4/16>
2—3pm Poetry plus writing workshop

M APRIL 14 LAYNIE BROWNE
FROM TUCSON, AZ * AUTHOR OF DAILY SONNETS and THE SCENTED FOX, WINNER OF THE NATIONAL POETRY SERIES 2006 selected by Alice Notley
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of contemporary sonnets
130-230pm Poetry plus writing workshop

M APRIL 21 AL YOUNG, CA POET LAUREATE
FROM BERKELEY, CA * AUTHOR OF THE SOUND OF DREAMS REMEMBERED, WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD 2002
12-12:45pm Poetry & discussion of poetics for change
130-230pm Poetry & Prose plus writing workshop

W APRIL 23 EARTH ACTION DAY with
BRAD MONSMA FROM CSUCI English Prof * AUTHOR OF SESPE WILD
poets * singer/songwriters * open mic
10-1:30pm EARTH ACTION DAY poets & singer/songwriters/open mic
1:30-2:30pm Brad Monsma, non-fiction prose reading & discussion

These events are supported in part by grants from
The Ventura College Foundation and CSUCI’s American Democracy Project.
For more info go to https://whisperdownthewritealley.wordpress.com
or email gwendolynalley@yahoo.com

Poetry Club Service Learning Project

Alley’s English 1B: Ventura College Spring 2008
POETRY CLUB & SERVICE LEARNING ASSIGNMENT: work due dates listed below

By Weds. April 2, choose one of the following to read in the coming weeks:

Laynie Browne, Daily Sonnets (2007) AND/OR The Scented Fox (2006) VISIT 4/14

Danika Dinsmore and Gwendolyn Alley, editors, Between Sleeps (2006)

Amalio Madueno Lost in the Chamiso (2006) VISIT 4/9

Maria Melendez, How Long She’ll Last in the World (2006)

nila northSun, love at gunpoint (2007)

Al Young The Sound of Dreams Remembered: Poems 1990-2000 (2002) VISIT 4/23

If you decide to change books, email me ASAP gwendolynalley@yahoo.com

Working alone, in pairs, or in groups of 3, prepare the following presentations:
1.    SHARE: Prepare to share copies and discuss one or two poems by your Poetry Club poet; consider choosing a poem related also to our environmental theme. Inc work cited

2.    INTRO: Prepare to share a 1-3 minute introduction of the poet. Inc sources.

3.    BROADSIDE: Prepare and distribute at least 10 copies on campus of a poem (preferably eco-themed) by “your” poet as a “broadside.” Include info about when the poet will be on campus if relevant and/or about Earth Action Day 4/23. Include a brief bio.  Include where the work came from. Seek the poet’s permission (by email).  Sample broadsides: http://www.broadsidedpress.org/ http://poetrysuperhighway.com/cobalt/broadsides.html

4.    POCKET POEM: Prepare and distribute at least 12 copies of a poem by any poet for “National Poem in Your Pocket;” consider choosing a poem with an eco-theme. More: http://www.nyc.gov/html/poem/html/home/home.shtml
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406

WK 14    Mon    4/7

Read/respond to the following readings:; bring typed response to class
Hirsch “A Made Thing” (handout), Poetry Club book
Making of a Poem: The Villanelle (read 2 or more); The Elegy (read 2 or more)

Amalio Madueno broadside/poster due

Wed    4/9    Guest Poet Amalio Madueno; bio, poem/s presentations due
Making of a Poem Meter, Blank Verse (2 or more); The Stanza (2 or more)
Laynie Browne broadside/poster due

WK 15    Mon    4/14    Guest Poet Laynie Browne; bio, poem/s presentations due
Making of a Poem The Sonnet (read 2 or more); The Pastoral (read 2 or more)
Al Young broadside/poster due

Wed    4/16    National Poem in Your Pocket Project copies due
Remaining presentations/broadsides due
<Research Project Ideas Down Draft; final due W. 4/30>
Making of a Poem:  Open Forms & 2 or more poems

WK 16    Mon    4/21    Guest Poet Al Young, California State Poet Laureate
Making of a Poem your choice: read verse or shaping form & 2 poems

Wed    4/23    Earth Action Day: guest poets TBA
<Research Project Up draft due; final due W.  4/30>
Making of a Poem: read 2 more pastorals in honor of Earth Action Day

Nat’l Earth Month & Poetry Month To Dos 2008

The highlight of Earth Month AND National Poetry Month locally will be the visit to Ventura College by Al Young, California’s State Poet Laureate.Links and more details ASAP!

FSS 3/28. 29, 30 SB Poetry Conference w/Phil Levine $325

F 3/28 Emy Reynolds at Zoeys Cafe

S 3/29 Food Crew Party Artbarn

S 3/29 1-8pm Create an artists’ book that looks like a good old fashioned matchbook. Print on two presses, score and cut! At Lettre Sauvage.

S 3/30 Homeless film fest, Artbarn

M 3/31 7pm Primal Circus, Accolades, El Jardin Courtyard
An evening of avant garde music, performance and film to celebrate the closing of gauvin’s art show. Work by Send My Regards, Opal Gann, gauvin, Sophia Kidd as Astra III, Allen D. Glass II & M.A.H.O. at Accolades Gallery in Ventura.

T 4/1 730pm Dorothea Grossman & Michael Vlatkovich Artists Union April Fools!

T 4/1 Lucy in the Sky’s Fantasy Haircuts aka Puplicious the Victorian Clown’s grand re-opening on Fir

W 4/2 Cover 101? workshop 6-9p Crowne Plaza where C st meets the sea

S 4/5 7-9pm Poetry, jazz, print: Poets Jackson Wheeler, Lois Klein, Paul Lobo Potugeus & AJ Ford with Colter Frazier on jazz sax, print work by lettre sauvage, Santa Barbara Public Library $5

 
     

T 4/8 730pm Diana Raab + O Artists Union

W 4/9 noon & 2pm Amalio Madueno VC

S 4/12 from the Margins reading Artists Union

S 4/13 Earth Day Ventura

M 4/14 Laynie Browne reading & discussion on modern sonnets

T 4/15 Lois Klein + o Artists Union

T 4/17 6pm Dengue Fever instore at Salzers

S 4/19 7pm Adrianne Marcus & Carol V. Davis, Carnegie Art Museum $3

S 4/19 Calque – Suzanne Jill Levine, Stephen Kessler, Craig Santos Perez & Jen Hofer 7:30 pm Beyond Baroque (LA) $10

SS 4/19, 20 Chumash Days Malibu Bluffs Park

S 4/20 Santa Monica Pier Earth Day Concert

M 4/21 CA Poet Laureate Al Young noon, 130, 730pm VC

T 4/22 Sojourner Kincaide Rolle +O 7:30 pm Tuesday Night Poets – Artists Union Gallery

W 4/23 Earth Action Day, VC

FSS 4/25, 26, 27 COACHELLA Music and Arts Festival

SS 4/26, 27 LA Times Book Festival

SS 4/26, 27 Ventucky Artwalk

S 4/26 Poet’s Seder – Laurel Ann Bogen, Ellyn Maybe, Larry Colker, Rachel Kann, Claudia Handler & Rick Lupert 7:30 pm Beyond Baroque, Venice $10

S 4/26 Sherman Pearl +O 7:30 pm Bell Arts Factory, Ventucky

W 4/30 Al Young, Oxnard College

BTW, any of these events would count toward a cultural/literary/eco event; help out and it will count toward service learning. make-up or extra credit!

VC Earth Action Day: planning today 3/26 J-1 115-2pm

Members of VC’s Earth Action Day planning committee will meet today, March 26 from 1:15-2pm in J-1. All are welcome. Earth Action Day is scheduled for Weds. April 23, and is part of VC’s Earth Week activities which include a visit by California’s Poet Laureate Al Young Monday April 21 and a campus cleanup April 22.