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04/24 Poetry: Nuts and Bolts with Ron Salisbury and Anna Dimartino

Date: First class is April 24, 2014 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm Number of sessions: 7 --Thursdays, April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5 Members: $210 Nonmembers: $252 Location: The NEW Ink Spot, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Barracks 16, Suite 202, San Diego, CA 92106

We’ll discuss what makes a poem, look at different types of poetry (formal poetry versus free verse, narrative, and dramatic dialogue poetry metaphor), we’ll discuss ambiguity versus accessibility, and much, much more. You will not be required to do sestina push-ups, unless you want to, but we will write from prompts and critique work from the previous week.

Instructors Ron Salisbury and Anna Dimartino will regale you with poets such as Jack Gilbert, George Bilgere, Kim Addonizio, Jennifer Knox, Matthew Dickman, Jane Hirschfield, Ted Kooser, David Lee, Marie Howe, and Dorianne Laux.

Join us. Poetry should be fun.

While this course does build on the previous course Poetry I, the class is not a required prerequisite and all poets (of all levels) are welcome.

annadimartinoAnna DiMartino is a writer, artist, educator, and mother of two wonderfully creative daughters. She holds a BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Cruz, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Anna also works as the Director of a small non-profit preschool in Mission Hills. Her writing has appeared in The Cancer Poetry Project 2, and A Year in Ink, San Diego Writer’s Ink Anthology vol. 6, and Serving House Journal, Iss.8.



ronsalisburyRon Salisbury is a writer who has integrated his poetry with his business life for decades.  Now, three wives deep, four children long, and assorted careers past, he continues to write, publish and study in San Diego where he is a student at San Diego State University in the Master of Fine Arts program, Creative Writing.  Publications and awards include: Eclipse, The Cape Reader, Serving House Journal, The San Diego Reader, Alaska Quarterly Review, Spitball, Soundings East, etc; nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Semi Finalist for the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – 2012, City Beat 101 – Honorable Mention.



Please note these instructors also run a weekly poetry reading/discussion/prompt/critique group:  “(Not) Dead (Yet) Poet’s Society.


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