Visiting Author Workshop: Chiwan Choi
Aug
17
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Chiwan Choi

The Poetry Lab is excited to welcome Chiwan Choi to Long Beach this summer for a resistance workshop!

Please bring writing materials. The visiting author will lead us in generative writing prompts as well as give a brief talk on a topic of his choosing. 

Chiwan Choi is the author of 3 collections of poetry, The Flood (Tía Chucha Press, 2010), Abductions (Writ Large Press, 2012), and The Yellow House (CCM, 2017). He wrote, presented, and destroyed the novel Ghostmaker throughout the course of 2015. Chiwan is a partner at Writ Large Press, a downtown Los Angeles based indie publisher, focused on using literary arts to resist, disrupt, and transgress.

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Everyone is welcome at The Poetry Lab
$15
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Resist! We raise our voices, each act of writing is an act of resistance. 

Feel free to contact us with questions!

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Revision Lab
Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Revision Lab

This week is all about REVISION. We will explore methods for revision that focus on craft and ask how to rethink a poem while keeping creative energy in the writing process.

To do this we will work through a special writing exercise drafted after the essay "Revision" by Stephen Dobyns.

We will work under the assumption that revision is necessary and important to better our poems. Instead of spending the night discussing whether revision is good or bad will be use the writing exercise as a sort of real-time experiment and see what happens to our poems when they are placed under the knife. (...metaphorically speaking. No poems will be harmed in the course of this Poetry Lab session. Pink swear.)
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$3
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Everyone is welcome
#resist

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The Game Night!
Sep
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Game Night!

This is a repeat of last year's wildly hilarious and inspirational game night!

We've adapted writing prompts from some of our favorite board games. If you enjoy Cards Against Humanity, Pictionary, Balderdash, and TriBond you won't want to miss this night of playful, wordy poetry exploration. 

Please come prepared to write poems (and laugh your butt off).
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$3
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Everyone is welcome!
#laughterisalsoresistance
#resist

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Visiting Author Workshop: Natalie J. Graham
Oct
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Natalie J. Graham

Please join us for a workshop with the 2016 Cave Canem Prize winner, Natalie J. Graham!

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles are forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and assistant professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton.

Natalie debut, award-winning poetry collection, Begin with a Failed Body will be released in September. We are so excited to see her at The Poetry Lab in October. Reserve your seat early!
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$15
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Everyone is welcome!
Please bring writing materials to the session. 

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Visiting Author Workshop: Lynne Thompson
Oct
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Lynne Thompson

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Please join us for a night with local powerhouse, Lynne Thompson!

Lynne Thompson’s first full-length manuscript, Beg No Pardon, was the winner of the 2007 Perugia Press First Book Award as well as the 2008 Great Lakes Colleges New Writers Award. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Thompson’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Poetry International, Spillway and the online zine Chaparral Poetry, among others.She recieved an Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles in 2015. 

Lynne was recently published in POETRY. Read the poem here.

Please come prepared to write!
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Visiting Author Workshop: Eric Morago
Nov
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Eric Morago

We are excited to have our friend and Lego aficionado, Eric Morago, teach a session at The Poetry Lab. This is sure to be a fun, lively evening. Please join us!

Eric Morago is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet who believes performance carries as much importance on the page, as it does off. He is the author of What We Ache For (Moon Tide Press, 2010) and Here for the Friction (Orange Ocean Press, 2012). Currently he teaches for Red Hen Press’ Writing in the Schools Program, is an associate reviewer for Poetix, and serves as a poetry editor for FreezeRay. Eric has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, and lives in Los Angeles.

Eric's most recent book, Feasting on Sky, is now available through Paper Plane Pilot Publishing. 
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Everyone is welcome

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$15
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Holiday Potluck + Poetry Reading
Nov
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Holiday Potluck + Poetry Reading

Mark your calendars for our annual Poetry Lab end of year celebration: the Holiday Potluck and Poetry Reading!

More details coming soon!

This event is free and open to the public. Please share the date with your friends and family! After a year of writing together at Poetry Lab, we love to open our doors to the community and share what we've written with each and our loved ones.

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Poetry of Twitter
Aug
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry of Twitter

Recently, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited a tweet from Trump in its ruling against the travel ban. This rasies the question (and pretty much answers it too) over whether or not we should be taking Trump's tweets seriously. 

Suddenly, we live in a world where the president's Twitter-rants make the morning news, affect policy decisions, and oblierate dipolmacy. 

So, with this (frightening?) thought in mind, we'll direct our sights on Twitter as a resource/craft guideline for making poems. 

Can we really do this? Yes. See: Mahogany L. Browne. 

Come prepared to think critically, think irreverantly, and write at least 140 characters. 
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$3 donation suggested
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Everyone is welcome at #thepoetrylab
#resist

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Visiting Author Workshop: Nicelle Davis
Jul
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Nicelle Davis

Join us for another night at The Poetry Lab!

Nicelle Davis is a California poet, collaborator, and performance artist who walks the desert with her son J.J. in search of owl pellets and rattlesnake skins. Her most recent collection, In the Circus of You is available from Rose Metal Press. The author of two other books of poetry, Becoming Judas, is available from Red Hen Press and her first book, Circe, is available from Lowbrow Press. Another book of poems, The Walled Wife, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2017. Her e-chapbook, Studies in Monogamy, can be read (and heard) at A Whale Sound. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Beloit Poetry Journal, The New York Quarterly, PANK, SLAB Magazine, and others. She is editor-at-large of The Los Angeles Review. She has taught poetry at Youth for Positive Change, an organization that promotes success for youth in secondary schools, MHA, and with Volunteers of America in their Homeless Youth Center. Recipient of the 2013 AROHO retreat 9 3/4 Fellowship, she is honored to work as a consultant for this important feminist organization. She currently teaches at Paraclete and with the Red Hen Press WITS program.

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Write! New poems during the visiting author lead workshop. 
Read! Poems from authors both new and beloved and discuss with a group of engaged peers.
Connect! With other writers in your community. 
Resist! We raise our voices, each act of writing is an act of resistance. 
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Everyone is welcome at The Poetry Lab
$15
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Submissions Sesh!
Jul
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Submissions Sesh!

It's that time again!

Submissions Sesh is Poetry Lab's longest running recurring event. We take time away from our generative workshop format every year to make sure our talented members understand that importance and value of submitting their work for publication. 

Even if you've attended a Submissions Sesh in the past, we recommend you attend again! We always add new information, and hope to impart a healthy dose of inspiration to help you get out and share your work with the world!

Please bring all your questions. We have ANSWERS!

Topics covered at Submissions Sesh include:

  • cover letters
  • tracking sheets
  • Submittable & Duotrope
  • where to submit
  • resources for finding new places to submit
  • writing biographical statements
  • submission formatting
  • paying markets
  • name recognition
  • blogging & personal websites
  • what to do when you're rejected
  • what to do when you're ACCEPTED! 

Not only is this information incredibly helpful in getting your work published and out there in the world, but it also helps you learn how to get paid! 

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Like all regular Poetry Lab sessions, this event is free and open to the public. If you've never attended The Poetry Lab before, tonight is a great night to begin!

$3 donation suggested 

#submissionssesh

 

Find this event on Facebook @ www.facebook.com/events/133120497251559

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Prose Poems
Jun
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Prose Poems

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The prose poem first appeared in 19th Century France as an act of rebellion. Poets like Charles Baudelaire, Aloysius Bertrand and Arthur Rimbaud wrote prose poems to protest the predominance of the Alexandrine metered line. Breaking out of metered form, poets wrote in a block of text that resembled prose, but acted like poetry. Over the past hundred or so years, the prose poem has been used as an alternative to lineate verse by poets such as Charles Simic and Lyn Hejinian. 

A prose poem is a weird jazz solo, a paradox, a whim and a testimony, a postcard, a peace offering. Prose poems offer the poet's greatest opporunity to revolt. 

Please join me as we explore this exciting, "scary, no scary," diverse, and deadpan form!

-Danielle Mitchell is the author of the prose poem chapbook Makes the Daughter-in-Law Cry, selected by Gail Wronsky for the Clockwise Prize forthcoming from Tebot Bach. 
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Everyone is welcome
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Feel free to contact us with questions!

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Please note: This event was previously a Visiting Author Workshop with Chiwan Choi. Unfortunately, Chiwan had to cancel his visit to Poetry Lab. Things happen! But we will still be meeting tonight in Long Beach. Please join us! 

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Poetry of Coping
Jun
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry of Coping

Time to drown out all the noise and get back to the basics. 

This year at The Poetry Lab is all about resistance. How we can stay strong through times of political, personal, and even hypothetical turmoil. To honor that struggle, we are having a session devoted to self-care. Tonight's Poetry Lab will be about finding the joy in writing again. We will read and share our favorite poems, as well as discover new favorites from writers such as Rachel McKibbens, Ocean Vuong, Evie Shockley, and Ada Limon. 

Please come prepared to write and renew. 

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Everyone is welcome 

$3 Donation suggested 

 
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Visiting Author Workshop: Brendan Constantine
Mar
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Brendan Constantine

THE ONE AND ONLY...Brendan Constantine! 

Brendan is the author of several collections of poetry, including Calamity Joe (Red Hen, 2012) and Birthday Girl With Possum (Write Bloody, 2011). His work has appeared in FIELD, Ploughshares, Zyzzyva and Ninth Letter.He teaches poetry at the Windward School in Los Angeles.

His most recent poetry collection, Dementia, My Darling (Red Hen Press 2016) is a stunning addition to his body of work. Amy Gerstler describes it as "a suite of acute, beautiful poems about coming apart, slippage, love, emptying out, transformation, and carrying on."

We are so excited to have one of Southern California's BEST poetry teachers at The Poetry Lab. This is a night you will not want to miss!
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Everyone is welcome!
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$15
...registration fees go straight to helping us pay our authors for their time!
Register online in advance:

 

or pay in person. 
We accept cash, Venmo, and card credit (Square app)

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Visiting Author Workshop: Sarah Thursday
Feb
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Sarah Thursday

Join us for a workshop lead by local poet SARAH THURSDAY.

Sarah is a music obsessed, Long Beach poetry advocate, who has been writing poetry since she was very young. In 1992, she made her very first chapbook and continued with four more up through 2001. She took about ten years off from poetry and focused all her creative energy into teaching. After a series of major life twists, she began writing again and for the first time, connected with the local poetry community. She is the founder of Cadence Collective, a website devoted to connecting poets in her community and is co-host of the monthly reading “2nd Mondays Poetry Party“ with G. Murray Thomas. In 2014, she founded Sadie Girl Press. Her full length collection, All the Tiny Anchors, and her second poetry CD, How to Unexist, as well as others are available now at SadieGirlPress.com.

Sarah's class will be an act of resistance.
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Please come prepared to read and write poems!
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Poetry of Resistance
Feb
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Poetry of Resistance

In her final speech as First Lady, Michelle Obama told us to "Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful."

She said, "Empower yourselves with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of our boundless promise."

It is with our beloved First Lady's words still in mind that we dedicate the entirety of 2017 at The Poetry Lab to resistance. To determined acts of our boundless creative energy. Under a Trump presidency our art, our voices, and for some of us, our lives will be threatened, but at The Poetry Lab we will defy that threat with education. We will learn the countless ways poetry has been an act of resistance against oppression, bigotry, racism, sexism and fear for thousands of years. 

Here, we will not fear. We will WRITE. 

We look forward to taking this journey with you. If you have questions, bring them to class. Likewise, if you have suggestions for poems, poets, or topics relating to RESISTANCE we are all ears. 
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Please come prepared to read and write poems!
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$3 Donation
Everyone is welcome!

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Visiting Author Workshop: James Meetze
Jan
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: James Meetze

The Poetry Lab is back for 2017 and we're so excited to kick off the year with visiting author James Meetze! (Pronounced Metz)

James is the author of I Have Designed This for You, Dayglo, winner of the 2010 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, and Phantom Hour published by Ahsahta Press. He is editor, with Simon Pettet, of Other Flowers: Uncollected Poems by James Schuyler (FSG, 2010). His work has also appeared in five chapbooks and numerous publications, including AGNI, A Public Space, American Letters & Commentary, The Rattling Wall, and New American Writing, among others. He lives in San Diego, where he teaches creative writing and film studies at Ashford University.

Be prepared to read and write poems!
$15 (Goes toward paying the author for his visit)
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Holiday Party
Dec
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Holiday Party

2016 has been an incredible year at The Poetry Lab. This year, we are celebrating in style with a collaborative party with Long Beach's own Definitive Soapbox and Cadence Collective communities.

The Holiday Party will be on Friday, December 9th at 7pm. 

It is a private party, however, all Poetry Lab members--past, present, and future--are invited! The invite will be hosted through Facebook. Please contact us if you have questions, or would like to be included in the invite, but do not use Facebook. 

A great, big, warm THANK YOU to all of our members. YOU are what makes The Poetry Lab an important place in our community to write, read, workshop, and collaborate. 

See you in 2017!

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Submissions Sesh
Nov
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

Submissions Sesh

Submissions Sesh is our longest recurring event at The Poetry Lab. Join us on November 3rd for the final lab session of 2016 (don't worry, we'll be back January 5th!).

Topics covered at Submissions Sesh include:

cover letters, tracking sheets, Submittable & Duotrope, where to submit, resources for finding new places to submit, writing biographical statements, submission formatting, paying markets, name recognition, blogging & personal websites, what to do when you're rejected, what to do when you're ACCEPTED! and more...

There is also opportunity for the ultimate Q & A so that you can learn everything you've ever wanted to know about submitting your poetry for publication! 

Not only is this information incredibly helpful in getting your work published and out there in the world, but it also helps you learn how to get paid! as a writer, which is not only rewarding, it is necessary. 

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Everyone is welcome!

$3 donation is greatly appreciated!

 

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Short Talks: Session Inspired by Anne Carson
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Short Talks: Session Inspired by Anne Carson

Tonight's session is inspired by the poetry and prose of Anne Carson. 

Anne Carson is poetry royalty (in our books). Her work is innovative, exciting, challenging, and vivid. We will explore the short prose-poem style poems in Short Talks as well as other pieces from Carson's books Glass, Irony, and God, Decreation, and The Beauty of the Husband

Please be prepared to read and write poems!

Excerpt from SHORT TALKS BY ANNE CARSON:

Short Talk on Major and Minor

Major things are wind, evil, a good fighting horse,
prepositions, inexhaustible love, the way people
choose their king. Minor things include dirt,
the names of schools of philosophy, mood and
not having a mood, the correct time. There
are more major things than minor things
overall, yet there are more minor things
than I have written here, but it is
disheartening to list them. When I
think of you reading this I do not
want you to be taken captive,
separated by a wire mesh lined with glass
from your life itself, like some Elektra.

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Everyone welcome

$3 donation

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Visiting Author Workshop: K. Andrew Turner
Oct
6
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: K. Andrew Turner

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San Gabriel Valley poet K. Andrew Turner visits The Poetry Lab for a special sensory workshop. 

From K. Andrew:

In this renewed workshop we will not only identify and write with the five traditional senses but also explore beyond to the expanded definitions of sensations. Through exercises, prompts, and sharing, we will craft poetry that breathes life with dimensionality, depth, and weight. Readers and listeners can connect more fully to work that appeals to their senses and allows them to inhabit your words.

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K. Andrew Turner writes queer, literary, and speculative prose and poetry. He teaches and mentors writers near Los Angeles. In 2013, he founded East Jasmine Review—an electronic literary journal—where he remains the Editor-in-Chief. He was a semifinalist for the 2016 Luminaire Award in poetry, and his chapbook “Gymlationship” is now available on Amazon. You can find more at his website: 

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Everyone welcome 

$15

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Please: Session Inspired by Jericho Brown
Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Please: Session Inspired by Jericho Brown

Throughout 2016 our class sessions have been based on one book by a selected poet. This has enabled us to inhabit the world of a single poet, to learn from their poems, to study their life, to come away inspired, and with new tools to approach our own writing. In September we continue this project by studying Please, the award-wining debut collection of poetry by Jericho Brown. 

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Everyone is welcome! Please bring your own writing materials. 

$3 donation 

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Excerpt from "Track 1: Lush Life"

Jericho Brown

The woman with the microphone sings to hurt you,

To see you shake your head. The mic may as well

Be a leather belt. You drive to the center of town

To be whipped by a woman's voice. You can't tell

The difference between a leather belt and a lover's

Tongue. A lover's tongue might call you bitch,

A term of endearment where you come from, a kind

Of compliment preceded by the word sing

In certain nightclubs. A lush little tongue

You have: you can yell, Sing bitch, and, I love you...

 

 

Jericho Brown, "Track 1: Lush Life" from Please. Copyright © 2008 by Jericho Brown.

 

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Game Night: Writing Prompts Inspired by Board Games
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Game Night: Writing Prompts Inspired by Board Games

Here's something we've been talking about for awhile: a night of board game inspired poetry prompts. We'll use Balderdash, Tribond, and Cards Against Humanity to craft poems that push against the surreal, the hilarious, and the heart-rending. 

Then we'll uncork the wine, pop some corn, and play a round or two just for fun! 

If you've been thinking about joining us at The Poetry Lab, but not sure that a "classroom" or a "workshop" are right for you, tonight is THE NIGHT to give us a try. We promise you: this is not school. We are passionate about poetry and we gather to share that passion, learn, read, write and grow. Pretty simple. We care about people. We care about community. Come join us and see!

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EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
If you are able, please bring a snack to share!
$3 Donation suggested

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Visiting Author Workshop: Ashaki M. Jackson
Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Ashaki M. Jackson

We are very excited to host Ashaki M. Jackson in Long Beach for a visiting author workshop.

Ms. Jackson is a social psychologist and poet. She is a Cave Canem and VONA alumna whose work appears in CURA, Pluck! and Prairie Schooner among others. She is the author of two chapter-length collections – Surveillance (Writ Large Press) and Language Lesson (MIEL). She lives in Los Angeles.

Read 10 of Ashaki's INCREDIBLE poems in Cultural Weekly:
http://www.culturalweekly.com/the-surveillance-poems-1-10/
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Everyone welcome
$15

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Loose Woman: Session Inspired by Sandra Cisneros
Aug
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Loose Woman: Session Inspired by Sandra Cisneros

Tonight's session is inspired by Loose Woman by Sandra Cisneros.

We will read and discuss poems from the book. Materials will be provided. Please bring something to write with (pen + paper or computer). There will be at least two writing prompts. 

Everyone welcome

$3 Donation Suggested

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Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, to a Mexican father and a Chicana mother; she has six brothers and is the only daughter in the family. She moved frequently during her childhood and visited Mexico often, to visit her paternal grandmother. She is the author of the novel The House on Mango Street and several collections of poetry including My Wicked, Wicked Ways and Loose Woman.

Well, If You Insist

Sandra Cisneros

 

My body, this

body, that has

nothing to do

with who

I am. But

it’s my body,

this body you

long for. Sinew

 

and twist of flesh,

helix of desire and vanity.

 

These bodies. Your body.

 

My body. Ours

swallowing each other

whole. This. That.

Neck. Mouth. Cock. Cunt.

 

Little terrorist, you terrify me.

Come in then. Climb on. Get in.


Well, if you insist. If you

insist… 

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Workshop
Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Workshop

Tonight's Poetry Lab will be a good old fashioned workshop! Bring 10 copies of a poem and come prepared to discuss your work and the work of others. 

For more on workshops, read below.

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Everyone is welcome
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WHAT IS A POETRY WORKSHOP?

A poetry workshop is a group of writers working together to read, critique, praise, and offer feedback on each other's writing. We do this one poem at a time. Everyone has an equal opportunity to have their work read and discussed by the group. 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM A POETRY LAB WORKSHOP?

The Poetry Lab actively supports writers at all stages of their writing lives. At our workshop you can expect a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. The night is organized around these four goals: Celebrate, Recognize, Question, and Praise. You should expect to come away from a night at our workshop with a positive outlook on your work and motivation to take it to the next level. 

CRITIQUE IS NOT CRITICISM

This is a very important distinction in a poetry workshop. Critique is a detailed analysis and assessment of something. Criticism is the act of passing judgement based on the merits of something, usually based on bias or mistaken information. It is faultfinding for faultfinding's sake and it is NOT what we do in a poetry workshop. I repeat: a critical workshop is not a faultfinding mission. Our goals are to engage with the poem, to focus our energy on the craft of the work, and to move towards a more cohesive version of the poem that will better service the reader by being bringing the poet's vision to light. 

Don't forget to bring 10 copies of your poem!

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Visiting Author Workshop: Marcus Omari
Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Marcus Omari

We are very happy to have OC poet, performer and teacher Marcus Omari in Long Beach for a special visiting author event. Come and let Marcus' energy wake up your verse. 

Marcus Omari is a poet and spoken word artist originally from Racine, WI. He was a founding member of the San Diego Slam Poetry Team before moving to Orange County. Marcus is also founder of the literary performance arts collective Poetic Reform Party, which works with a team of dedicated artists to promote, host, and perform at literary events across Southern California. He currently teaches in a half-way home for at risk youth. Marcus is a six-time National Speech and Debate Award winner, he has been featured on Lexus presents VERSES & FLOW on TV One, spit verse on MTV, and has performed on stages from Chicago to San Francisco, London to Rio de Janeiro sharing the stage with notables like Sonya Renee, Jeffery McDaniel, Patricia Smith, and legendary Marc Smith.

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Everyone welcome

All visiting author workshops are $15 (your registration fee goes toward paying authors for their time!)

Advance registration is recommended. Click here:

 
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Cash, Venmo, Paypal accepted at the door. 

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Prelude to Bruise: Session Inspired by Saeed Jones
Jun
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Prelude to Bruise: Session Inspired by Saeed Jones

This session is inspired by Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones. 

Prelude to Bruise is one of our favorite poetry books of 2014. We know most of you have read it, and that's makes us very excited for this session. We will discuss our favorite poems from the book and marvel at how they work. Tonight's writing prompts will be inspired by Saeed Jones!

Come prepared to write, read, and *sigh*

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Everyone is welcome!

$3 donation suggested

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Blind Date with a Book
Jun
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Blind Date with a Book

You can't judge a book by it's cover. Really. We won't let you!

Tonight's Poetry Lab is all about taking a step into the unknown. All participants will receive 1 FREE book! But here's the catch: you won't know what book it is. All books will be wrapped in paper with only a few details about the book written on it, like this:

At a certain time of night--after we break the ice and talk about our mothers--we will unwrap the books & do writing prompts with them. *Wink *Wink...

Love innuendo? Love books? Love writing poems? Love Poetry Lab? K. Good. SEE YOU THERE!

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Everyone welcome

$3 donation suggested 

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Visiting Author Workshop: F. Douglas Brown
May
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: F. Douglas Brown

F. Douglas Brown is a friend to The Poetry Lab. He, along with Geffrey Davis, lead our Stranded Artist in workshop in 2014. We are pleased to welcome Doug back for another night of poetry. 

F. Douglas Brown of Los Angeles is the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize recipient for Zero to Three(University of Georgia 2014). Mr. Brown, an educator for over 20 years, teaches English at Loyola High School of Los Angeles, an all-boys Jesuit school. He is both a Cave Canem and Kundiman fellow. His poems have appeared in The Virginia Quarterly (VQR), The Sugar House ReviewCura MagazineMuzzle MagazineTransfer Magazine and Santa Clara Review.

When he is not teaching, writing or with his two children, Isaiah and Olivia, he is busy DJing in the greater Los Angeles area.

All visiting author workshops are $15. We recommend that your register in advance to reserve your seat! 

Cash and Venmo will be accepted at the door. 

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Everyone is welcome!

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Milk + Filth: Session Inspired by Carmen Gimenez Smith
May
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

Milk + Filth: Session Inspired by Carmen Gimenez Smith

"Adding to the Latina tradition, Carmen Gimenez Smith, politically aware and feminist-oriented, focuses on general cultural references rather than a sentimental personal narrative. She speaks of sexual politics and family in a fierce, determined tone voracious in its opinions about freedom and responsibility." - Google Books

This week we will be exploring Milk + Filth by Carmen Gimenez Smith. We will read and discuss selected poems from the book before attempting generative writing exercises based on the text. 

You don't have to read Milk + Filth in advance, but it is highly recommended and we'd love to hear your thoughts. 

Please bring writing materials and a $3 donation. 

Everyone is welcome!

 

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Table at The Long Beach Poetry Slam
Apr
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Table at The Long Beach Poetry Slam

The Poetry Lab will be supporting this year's Long Beach Poetry Slam! Visit us for cool Poetry Lab swag. It's your last chance to get the Ghazal t-shirt we created for AWP16 (and for only $5!) AND we'll have FREE bookmarks and stickers!

Also, there's a new project in the works and you'll be the first to know about it if you visit our table. (Hint: WYM!)

MORE ABOUT THE LONG BEACH POETRY SLAM:

This is our 5th Year of putting together a poetry slam in the beautiful city of Long Beach, California! This is a one night poetry slam invitational where poets from across Southern California (and beyond) gather in the city and compete for Cash prizes and a humongous trophy!

Competing Poets:
Brandon Anthony Melendez
Matt Sedillo
Yesika Salgado
Lem Saint Gonsalves
Jerrica Escoto
Jonathan Martin Werner
Sheila J Sadr
Mario DeMatteo
Arielle Estoria
Edwin Bodney
King (Katelin Wagner)
Micah Bournes (UncleMicah Keita Bournes)
Jaz Sufi (Jasmine Wilkerson Sufi)*
Aman Batra*
Chestina Nicole Craig*


Hosted by Def Poet, National Poetry Slam Champion, and co-founder ofDa Poetry Lounge:
Shihan Van Clief (artist page: Shihan The Poet)

Purchase tickets: http://localight.ticketleap.com/slam16/
Student - 8, General - 10, At the Door - 13
As always, everything goes to funding next year's Long Beach Poetry Slam!

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Visiting Author Workshop: Lauren Eggert-Crowe
Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Visiting Author Workshop: Lauren Eggert-Crowe

Tonight we are very excited to welcome LAUREN EGGERT-CROWE to The Poetry Lab for a generative workshop course on the prose poem

A prose poetry is written in prose instead of verse, but retains the qualities of poetry. Charles Simic describes it as "a bowl of language."

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Lauren Eggert-Crowe is the author of three poetry chapbooks: In The Songbird Laboratory (Dancing Girl Press 2013),The Exhibit (Hyacinth Girl Press 2013), and Rungs, collaboratively written with Margaret Bashaar (Grey Book Press 2015). She was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and now lives in Los Angeles. She has written essays, book reviews, interviews, and cultural reportage for Salon, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Nervous Breakdown, Midnight Breakfast,and L.A. Review of Books. Her poetry appears in Tupelo Quarterly, SpringGun, Sixth Finch, Interrupture, Terrain.organd DIAGRAM, among others. 

Please note this Visiting Author event will be $15. We recommend that your register in advance online by clicking the Register Now button!!  (Registration fees go towards paying the author for their time.)

Quantity:
Register Now!

Cash and Venmo will be accepted at the door. 

Everyone is welcome!




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Submissions Sesh!
Apr
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Submissions Sesh!

Join us for the Post-AWP, NaPoWriMo, Get Your Shit Together, Ultimate, No Excuses SUBMISSIONS SESH!

Submissions Sesh is an awesome recurring event for The Poetry Lab. This session is 3 hours of everything you've ever wanted to know about submitting your work for publication. Not only is this information incredibly helpful in getting your work published and out there in the world, but it also helps you learn how to get paid! as a writer, which is not only rewarding, it is necessary. 

We believe, irrevocably, that writers deserve to be paid for their work. If you're thinking -  paid? for a poem??? Then you must attend the Submissions Sesh (because, we have got good news for you!!)

The Submissions Sesh covers all of these topics:

cover letters, tracking sheets, Submittable & Duotrope, where to submit, resources for finding new places to submit, writing biographical statements, submission formatting, paying markets, name recognition, blogging & personal websites, what to do when you're rejected, what to do when you're ACCEPTED! and more...

PLUS! The AWP Conference has just ended, our members have scoured the conference looking for new and exciting submissions opportunities. It's a well-known fact that one of the best times of year to submit is right after the AWP conference, when both writers and editors alike are feeling energized by the conference afterglow. (We're also tired, which is why we often don't submit after the conference, but we should. And tonight is about getting us all motivated to DO THE WORK!) 

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Everyone welcome!

$3 donation 

 

 

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We're @ AWP!
Mar
31
to Apr 2

We're @ AWP!

  • Los Angeles Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hello. 

Come and waggle your fingers at us. The Poetry Lab is repping at this year's AWP Conference in LA! See us at the book fair, Table 1444. We'll have tons of cool ish. Available for a cash donation or trade will be: our exclusive 2016 poetry form t-shirt, pens, bookmarks, tote bags, and of course tons of info on our program and all upcoming events!

Come say hey!

 

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