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.  

Ongoing 2018

COFFEE SHOP CREATIVITY CIRCLE coffee shop creativity circle
Description:  The CSCC provides the opportunity to join others who share a love of words. It serves as a venue to exchange poetry, songs, any creative writing, and any creative endeavors. Each month a different theme will be explored before opening the circle to sharing from participants.
Who: Adults, High School Teens
When: First Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm (starting in March)
Where: Starbucks (Stevens Creek & Pasadena – by the Post Office), 21731 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information and to RSVP!

TEEN POETRY CLUB teen poets
Description: A poetry club by and for teens! Join other teens to explore poetry in this monthly club. Specific activities vary each meeting. Teen run and lead in conjunction with educator Peggy Stark, Cupertino Poet Laureate Kaecey McCormick, and other area poets.
Who: Teens (Grades 6-12)
When: First Wednesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm (starting in February)
Where: Cupertino Teen Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information and to be put in touch with the teen organizer.

February 2018

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS – Workshop Series 1: Focus on Form! LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join CPL Kaecey McCormick in this FREE four-part series as we explore the physical aspect of poetry – FORM! The Lunch Hour Language Artists workshop participants will experiment and play with a different form each meeting (see below). 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.
Session 1: The Golden Shovel
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday February 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

March 2018

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS – Workshop Series 1: Focus on Form! LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)
Description: Join us in the four-part series as we explore the physical aspect of poetry – FORM! The Lunch Hour Language Artists workshop will experiment and play with a different form each meeting (see below). No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the seriesPlease register on the Cupertino Library site or email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Session 2: Oh, sure … Erasure!
Session 3: The Modern Sonnet

Session 4: 1, 2, 3, 4 … Cinquain!
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 2: Thursday March 1, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 3: Thursday March 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 4: Thursday March 29, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

April 2018 – National Poetry Month!

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: Word Collage word collage poetry
Description:  Discover the joy of creating a word collage in this found poetry workshop! After an overview of the technique, we’ll dive in and create our own works or word art using different media sources. No creative writing experience necessary! Register through Cupertino Parks & Rec or email Kaecey to reserve a seat!
Who: Adults, Seniors REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When: Thursday April 5, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Cupertino Senior Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

CREATIVITY WORKSHOP: The Masks We Wear – Exploring Persona Poetry mask persona poem
Description:  Learn about the art of writing in another voice! Whether it is a person who lives in another time or place, a person at another stage of life, or not a person at all, persona poetry pushes us to see the world differently. In this workshop we’ll both read persona poems and try our hand at crafting one. 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: Tuesday April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

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
When: Tuesday April 24, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

… more April events to be announced soon!

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

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

… more May events to be announced soon!

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

… more June events to be announced soon!

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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