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Bay Area Poetics 1960s - 2020s


In this generative workshop, we will read poetry written or published in the Bay Area over the past 60 years and write poems inspired by their forms, themes, and methods of composition. In between classes, we will read and write to a prompt; in class we will discuss what we’ve read, and write again. Class does not involve critique, but there will be the opportunity to share new drafts in every session. 

We will read work by local heroes such as Judy Grahn, Bob Kaufman, kari edwards, Brandon Brown, and Etel Adnan, and occasionally read PDFs of archival zines and chapbooks. Our first three sessions will span two decades each: 60s-70s, 80s-90s, 00s-10s. The final class, the ‘20s, will be split between class time and a public reading in which workshop participants will share work they have written in class.

This workshop is at capacity. Please join the waitlist.

Every other Saturday, January 20 - March 2 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Sunday, January 28, 2024
2:00 pm


Et al. books
2831 Mission St, San Francisco


Et al. books is on the ground floor; the entrance and bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible.

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Sophia Dahlin

Sophia Dahlin is a poet in the East Bay. She teaches generative poetry workshops, co-runs two reading series, and edits, with Jacob Kahn, the chapbook press Eyelet. Her first book, Natch, came out from City Lights in 2020.

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