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Bay Area Poetics Workshop


In this generative workshop, back by popular demand, 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 four-session workshop will meet every other Saturday from October 21st to November 2nd.


September 21, October 5, 19, November 2 | 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday, September 21, 2024
2:00 pm


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2381 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA


Ground floor, no stairs, accessible restroom

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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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