909 Wadsworth Blvd
Lakewood, CO 80214
PSC Mission: To promote the study, writing, and performance of poetry in Colorado.
The Poetry Society of Colorado meets the third Saturday of each month from 10 - 12. A workshop is offered at most meetings. The annual Awards Luncheon is held on the 3rd Saturday of June.
February 16, 2019
Topic: The Poetry Workout: A Generative Workshop
Facilitator: Curtis Pierce
February Open Contest Theme: My Colorado contest details
Note: Ann Woodbury Hafen Memorial Contest
Bring poems in progress. Bring poems that are going nowhere.
Bring an open mind, fresh ideas, and let's write!
In this workshop we'll use writing exercises to help you get (poetically) fit.
March 16, 2019
Topic: Carl Sandburg and Point of View
Facilitator: Susan Rocco-McKeel
Members-Only Contest Theme: Prejudice contest details
Determining POV is not just for novelists. Poets can benefit from determining what point of view will most benefit the poem: first person singular? third person plural? present or future tense? Using examples of how Carl Sandburg used perspective, we will experiment with point of view to create more impact, nuance and meaning.
April 20, 2019
Topic: Jane Kenyon—Metaphysical Poet Laureate
Facilitator: Marcel Duclos
April Open Contest Form: Persona Poem or Dramatic Monologue
In "Jane Kenyon: A Literary Life," John H. Timmerman said of Jane Kenyon, a deceased poet laureate of NH, that she evinced a calm dignity – a graceful and lovely demeanor backed by granite resolve; that she was a woman of profound and uncompromising vitality; ...a consummate artist of such exquisitely intense lyric verse, that like faceted diamonds casting a prismatic light, they throw off soundings of the human soul”.
We will explore, in a one hour workshop, who she was, sample what she wrote when and where, plus how and why she wrote as she did. Inspiring ourselves by her gifts, will practice writing a short poem in her style.
May 18, 2019
Topic: Talking Poetic Turkey
Facilitator: Laurel Becker
May Open Contest Form/Style: Narrative Fable contest details
June 15, 2019
June Open Contest Theme: Ubi sunt. contest details
July 20, 2019
Facilitator: Jane Aiello
Note: No poetry contest in July (summer break for judges)
Why work when you can play? Jane Hillson Aiello will lead us through a series of enjoyable activities that will have us writing. Many poets talk about inspiration, but there are myriad other ways to get going than waiting for your muse to appear. These exercises will show us how everyday life can be a source of inventiveness. Bring your pencil - bring your notepad - but most all of bring your inner child. Summertime is the perfect time to explore the playgrounds of our minds.
August 17, 2019
Note: No poetry contest in August (summer break for judges)
September 21, 2019
Topic: Critiquing Poetry
Facilitator: Von Neeld
Attendees will learn best practices for critiquing poetry, and insights on how to analyze and identify effective poetry. Von Neeld is a seasoned editor and award winning poet.