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.  

May 2018

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 via Parks & Rec
When:
     Session 1: Tuesday May 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76219)
     –Session 2: Tuesday May 22, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76220)
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

July 2018

COMMUNITY CREATIVITY : Sidewalk Chalk Challenge! sidewalk chalk
Description:  Come on out to the Community Concert at Monta Vista Park in Cupertino and enjoy live music, food, drinks, and fun! While you’re there, stop by the Cupertino Poet Laureate area to join in the Sidewalk Chalk Challenge. Learn about illuminating the written word with sidewalk chalk and experience multisensory enjoyment of poetry. Perfect for everyone ages 2 through 92!
Who: Everyone
When: Wednesday July 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: Monta Vista Park
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: Thursday July 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm (Reg CODE: 76221)
Where: Quinlan Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

 

September 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 through Parks & Rec * You do NOT need to be a member of the Senior Center to attend! Open to the public (if you park in the Senior Center parking lot, please ask for a parking pass at the front desk to avoid a pricey ticket!).  
When:
     Session 1: Tuesday September 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Reg CODE: 13477)
     –Session 2: Tuesday September 18, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Reg CODE: 13478)
Where: Cupertino Senior Center
Contact: Please email Kaecey for more information

COMMUNITY POETRY NIGHT: Celebrate the Change of Seasons! autumn-equinox-1024x640
Description: Celebrate the upcoming change of season when summer fades to fall with this night of community poetry! The evening will begin with a brief presentation from the Cupertino Poet Laureate, Kaecey McCormick, followed by poetry read/recited by invited speakers. The floor will then open to everyone for an open mic portion of the evening! 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 (coming soon!)
WhenThursday, Sept. 13, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
WhereCupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

October 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 email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     –Session 1: Thursday October 4, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 2: Thursday October 18, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

November 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 email Kaecey to reserve a seat.
Who: Adults, Teens REGISTRATION REQUIRED
When:
     Session 3: Thursday November 1, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
     –Session 4: Thursday November 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Where: Cupertino Library, Story Room
ContactEmail Kaecey for more information

December 2018

TBA