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06/08 Poetry of the Palate (great for foodies!) with Annie Mascorro

Date: Saturday, June 8, 2013 Time: 10AM to 1PM Number of sessions: 1 -- One day class! Members: $45 Nonmembers: $54 Location: Ink Spot, 710 13th St, Studio 210, San Diego, CA 92101

Create poetry in Annie Mascorro’s food themed workshop!

Come play with ideas and words- find joy and wisdom in your voice, build confidence, and embrace your creativity! This poetry workshop is designed for beginner writers. No prior poetry experience is necessary. In this three hour session we will explore the power of writing to understand ourselves and our experiences and to bring healing and wellness to our everyday lives. Participants will be encouraged to express their feelings and write from the heart.

Mascorro gives SDWI another Writing for Wellness workshop. This time, the theme will be food. Food is both a sacred and banal part of the human experience. Necessary and indulgent, taken for granted and savored, lamented and celebrated, food is full of meaning and contradiction.  Whether abundant or scarce, it is in the background and foreground of our daily lives, family, culture, health, and lifestyle. It shapes our memories, our sense of self, and the lens through which we experience the world. In this workshop we will explore the ritual of food and the role it has played and continues to play in our lives. We will read two poems that celebrate our relationship with food and the richness that comes from discovering its meaning in our lives.

This will serve as a spring board for a discussion about our own experiences and feelings. Participants will engage in warm-up free-writes, discussion about the chosen poems and will then be prompted to write their own poems based on the self-exploration they have done during the group discussion. Writing as a transformative process will be emphasized and supported through the sharing and discussion of participants’ poems. The atmosphere will be supportive, non-judgmental, and encouraging- the perfect place for beginning writers curious about the possibilities of poetry of in their lives.

Materials: Please bring paper and a pen, an openness to new ideas, and a willingness to share your feelings with the group. Poems will not be posted or distributed before the workshop. A fresh, first reading of the poem for everyone will help us to tap into our initial emotional responses to it.

Annie Mascorro received her B.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on poetry from Pomona College, her M.F.A. in poetry from The University of Montana, and her B.S in nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.  Her poetry and essays have been published in Calyx, Epilepsy U.S.A., WorldView Magazine, Montana Public Radio’s Collegium Medicium, and forthcoming in ZYZZYVA.  She is the recipient of the 2007 Five Fingers Review poetry prize.  She is currently pursuing her certification in poetry therapy through the National Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy.  As a psychiatric nurse specializing in chemical dependency, Annie has given poetry workshops in hospitals and clinics in Baltimore, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and currently runs weekly poetry groups at two San Diego hospitals.  She also leads non-clinical community poetry workshops in San Diego where she focuses on the writing process as a way to promote wellness.  Annie finds joy in sharing the transformative power of poetry with writers of all levels.  Her background as a poet, teacher, nurse, and student of poetry therapy helps create a supportive, nurturing, and energetic atmosphere in all of her workshops.

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register early to help our instructors prepare and ensure the class does not get cancelled or shifted to another date and time.  We evaluate registration numbers between 7 and 3 days before a class start to decide about whether to keep or reschedule it.  By registering 7 days or more in advance, you help us help our participants and instructors in many ways.