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Steve Kowit teaches Blue: A Poetry Workshop

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012 Time: 1pm-5pm Number of sessions: 1-ONE DAY CLASS! Members: $70 Nonmembers: $82 Location: Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park 1439 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101

Blue: A Poetry Workshop

Mingei International Museum/Balboa Park  (NOTE: this class takes place at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park, directions below)

Participants in Steve Kowit’s poetry workshop at the Mingei will write three new poems based on discussions of brilliant model poems. Workshop participants will explore a variety of essential techniques: internal rhyme, slant-rhyme, assonance, consonance, anaphora and effective metaphor.

We will also deal with the essential issues of authenticity and emotional resonance and the art of revision. At least one of the poems will be inspired by the “blue” theme of the Mingei Exhibit, True Blue. It might be a blues poem, a poem referencing blue skies, blue feelings, blue movies, blue angels or a poem inspired by a blue painting or piece of blue ceramics or jewelry from the Mingei exhibit, a piece that captures your imagination and leads you toward some unexplored area of your own life!

The workshop is dedicated to Tomas Lopez, the Florida lifeguard who was fired for saving a man who was drowning in an area outside of Lopez’s jurisdiction. Lopez said he jumped into the water and “I double underhooked him…I was worried about the guy and his health. He was blue.”

**Participants will be invited to submit their completed poetry pieces for possible inclusion in a reading on September 28th that will take place at the Mingei International Museum as part of an evening of music, food, entertainment and an appreciation of all things blue.


Steve Kowit was born in Brooklyn and moved to San Diego over twenty-five years ago, where he teaches at Southwestern College. He earned his BA from Brooklyn College, his MA from San Francisco State College, and his MFA from Warren Wilson College. In addition to authoring several books of his own poetry, he has edited a poetry anthology, The Maverick Poets; written several works on the subject of writing poetry, including the highly praised In the Palm Of Your Hand: The Poet’s Portable Workshop. He is distinguished by his many awards for poetry, some of which include the National Endowment Fellowship in Poetry, two Pushcart Prizes, the Atlanta Review Poetry Prize, the Ouroboros Book Award, the 2006 Tampa Review Poetry Prize, and most recently the San Diego Theodore Geisel Award. His collection of poems, The Dumbbell Nebula, was a San Francisco Chronicle’s Notable Book of the Year, and his most recent books of poems, Gods of Rapture and The First Noble Truth have attracted rapt attention and praise from reviewers.