CPL Upcoming & Current Events

Please take a moment to preview the ongoing and upcoming Cupertino Poet Laureate events! Other poetry and literary events occurring in the area can be found on the Other Area Events page.  

April 2018 – National Poetry Month!

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! poem in your pocket
Description: Celebrate National Poetry Month and National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day! The evening will begin with a brief overview of the holiday, and an open mic poetry reading will follow. Poems read on National Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day are traditionally fairly short, and all participants will leave with a new poem for their pocket! Come to listen & enjoy, or bring a poem to share (original or borrowed)! Readers – please sign in upon arrival.
Who: Adults, Teens – RSVP at EventBrite
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

EARTH DAY POETRY BOOKS: Create an upcycled book of poems! Upcycled Poetry Book picture
Description: As the philosopher Seneca once said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”  Join us in honoring Earth Day and National Poetry Month by beginning your own unique accordion-style book of poems by using recycled materials that have reached their beginning’s end! Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick will be joined by writer and artist Keiko O’Leary in this workshop who will teach participants some unique hand-lettering styles to accompany their book of poems. Participants will transcribe a poem (or more) into the book and may bring a poem they’ve written, a poem they enjoy reading, or may choose from a selection of poems provided at the workshop.
Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED (email Kaecey)
When: Thursday April 26, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey to RSVP

May 2018

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS: Workshop Series 2: The Art of Recklessness LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join us in this second four-part workshop series as we play with risk taking and recklessness in poetry. More details to come!  No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the series. Please register on the Cupertino Library site or email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     –Session 1: Thursday May 3, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 2: Thursday May 17, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

MULTILINGUAL POETRY & PROSE NIGHT: Celebrate Creativity Welcome-in-many-languages-300x203in Many Languages! 
Description: POETRY! SHI! POESIE! FILIOCHT! MGA TULA! POESIA! In any language, poetry is beautiful and holds the power to transport, transform, and give hope. Join Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick and award-winning poet Jing Jing Yang in this groundbreaking event where poetry & prose will be recited in many languages. Attendees are welcome to share poems (your own or borrowed from a favorite poet) in any language during the open mic portion of the evening. If you would like to recite a poem during the open mic portion, please sign in upon arrival.
Who: Adults, Teens
When: Thursday May 10, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Quinlan Community Center
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

CREATIVITY SERIES: Igniting Your Writing igniting your writing
DescriptionPower up your academic writing with poetry! Learn about different aspects of poetry, how poetry can help improve our writing both our academic and personal writing, and have fun with poetry through creative word play in this two-part workshop series. Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Session 1: Imagery: Whether it’s a scene, a situation, an idea, or a set of instructions, writing asks us to explain something in words. Poetry, on the other hand, paints us a picture. In this session we’ll learn about the technique in poetry and how it can be used in other writing.
Session 2: Language, Word Choice, & Vocabulary: Every kind of writing uses language to communicate ideas, but in poetry every word is carefully considered. In this session, we’ll focus on economy of language, connotation, and words with power.
Who: School Age (grades 3-6) REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 1: Tuesday May 15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
     –Session 2: Tuesday May 22, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: Line Dancing line dancing
Description:  Just as line dancing looks different from other forms of dance, the way words break across lines in poetry gives it a unique appearance, separate from other forms of writing. In this workshop, we’ll explore the arrangement of words, phrases, clauses, and sentences into lines. In addition, we’ll play with our own line breaks to gain comfort and confidence with the technique. Though not required, participants are encouraged to bring a poem (or two!) they’ve written to use in the workshop. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Who: Adults, High School Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Wednesday May 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

June 2018

CREATIVITY SERIES: Sound and Sense senses
Description:  Discover the beauty of the spoken word and the sounds of poetry help create meaning and mood. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
-Session 1: Sonic Boom: In this session, we will explore the human voice as an interpretive instrument as we both listen to and read poetry, looking for ways the sounds of language are used to create meaning and mood.
-Session 2: Sense Sensations: The best description tells us about an object without
ever naming it. In session two, we’ll explore how using the five senses not only improves
poetry but our everyday observational skills as well.
Who: Adults, Seniors REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 1: Tuesday June 5, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
     –Session 2: Tuesday June 12, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Senior Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS: Workshop Series 2: The Art of Recklessness LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join us in this second four-part workshop series as we play with risk taking and recklessness in poetry. More details to come! No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the series. Please register on the Cupertino Library site or email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 3: Thursday June 7, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 4: Thursday June 21, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

CREATIVITY IN THE PARK: Sidewalk Chalk Challenge! sidewalk chalk
Description: Sidewalk chalk isn’t just for hopscotch! Gather to learn about creating visual and language art with this two-hour workshop. Participants will first see examples of sidewalk chalk poetry from around the nation, then work either individually or in teams to create their own sidewalk masterpiece.
Who: All ages welcome!
When: Saturday June 9, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Memorial Park Amphitheater
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

July 2018

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August 2018

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September 2018

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October 2018

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November 2018

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December 2018

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