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01/13 Poetry I: Poetry as Storytelling with Jim Moreno

Date: Monday, January 13, 2014 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm Number of sessions: 9 -- Mondays, Jan. 13, 21(Tues), 27, Feb. 3, 10, 18 (Tues), 24, Mar. 3, 10, 2014 Members: $270 Nonmembers: $324 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, NTC at Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

Learn poetry in this nine week class with Jim Moreno!

Poetry as storytelling is about your personal story: experiences that astounded you, inspired you, changed your life, served as a compass, got you out of a rut and into a groove.Your story-poem might be a special moment with a grandmother or a hilarious quote from an uncle as your title. Jim Moreno creates a safe, supportive writing village for nine sessions that will help you produce your best work, your deepest poetry.Grounded in cultural respect and invitations to take yourself seriously as a writer and to write from your heart this course, for beginning or seasoned poets, combines prompts from past storytellers with great range: Native America, Irish bards, African griots, and American and international poetry.Composition, craft, and revision are combined with the final goal of publishing.Poetry as storytelling is a great way to start off the New Year and realize your dream of living the writing life and publishing at a new level or being published for the first time.

Schedule (2 classes are moved to Tuesday due to holidays)

Week 1, Monday, January 13, 2014 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M. Introduction Catching the Threads,
Where I’m From
Week 2, Tuesday*, January 21, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M. John Fox, Poetic Medicine
Week 3, Monday, January 27, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M.  Sharon Olds, Joy Harjo, Antonio Machado, Pablo Neruda
Week 4, Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M. Legacy of the Bard, Troubadour, Minnesinger
Week 5, Monday, February 10, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M.  The Griot’s Journey
Week 6, Tuesday*, February 18, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M. Poet Stories from Juvenile Hall
Week 7, Monday, February 24, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M. Native American Fireside Stories/Indigenous Voices
Week 8, Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M.  Marilyn ChinLee Young Li, Garret Mongo,
Week 9, Monday, March 10, 2014, 6:30 P.M. To 8:30 P.M.― Publishing Secrets/The Apple’s Story


Jim Moreno serves on the program committee of Writer’s Ink. He is on the Advisory Board of the Poetic Medicine Institute and was the Poet In Residence at the Juvenile Court and Community Schools.  Jim has taught as a guest poet at California State University, Long Beach,  Southwestern College, the Magee Park Poets workshop in Carlsbad, the CalSAC Statewide Conference, the Buddhist Churches of America Annual Conference & St. Elmo’s Village, both in Los Angeles, the Heman B. Stark Branch of the California Youth Authority in San Bernardino, Los Coyotes Reservation, Chula Vista High School, Crawford High School, The Grauer School in Encinitas, The Vista Buddhist Temple, & The Crossroads Foundation.

Moreno is the author of Dancing in Dissent: Poetry For Activism (Dolphin Calling Press, 2007) and two cd’s, reversing the erased: exhuming the expunged, and A Question From Love.  Jim has been published in City Works, The Langston Hughes Poetry Anthology, The Magee Park Poets Anthology, the poetry conspiracy, Tidepools, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and others.