Anthology Update!

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I’ve been busy at work, compiling and editing poetry and prose for the Cupertino community anthology, Celebrate Creativity. The book is over 300 pages of poetry and prose from local poets and writers. It’s been an honor to compile this beautiful collection of community voices.

The book’s release date is set for February 27, 2020.

On this day, we’ll celebrate with a launch party at the Quinlan Center in Cupertino from 7pm – 9pm. This will also be the date we celebrate the end of my term as Poet Laureate and welcome the next Cupertino Poet Laureate.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us at this fun-filled event! (More details to come in January.)

Celebrate Creativity will be available in both Kindle e-book and paperback.

The Kindle version is available for pre-order effective today. If you select this option, the book will automatically arrive on your Kindle on the release date. Paperback copies of the book will be available to order from Amazon on February 27, 2020. While you cannot pre-order the paperback, I will update if the release date moves up.

In the meantime, enjoy the winter holidays and have a wonderful and safe New Year!

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Poetry Workshop Wonders: List-Definition Poems & Defining Home

This afternoon, I had the privilege of spending time in one of my favorite places with my favorite people: a community creativity workshop.  This October and November, I’m leading my last Lunch Hour Language Artists Workshop Series as Cupertino Poet Laureate.

Perhaps it’s because the end of my term is drawing near, or perhaps it’s because the group of attendees at these workshops never fail to inspire and humble me, but I find myself looking more and more forward to each session.

46R4BWGDYUI6NJK7YYP2B6SSAQThe theme for LHLA 3 is “Poetry of Place.” In the first session, we wrote about our childhood homes. Today the focus was on finding and defining home, and I introduced the concept of List-Definition Poetry — a form I made up that combines the list poem and the definition poem.

I structured the workshop so participants would consider the juxtaposition of “Home Then,” and “Home Now.” I like to join in during writing time whenever possible, and I was amazed by how my brainstorming around “Home Now” centered on the people I’ve met and worked with during my time as CPL and how much I’ll miss hosting these community events.

I feel truly blessed to have had my life touched by so many amazing people and their moving poetry. I can’t wait to see where the poem I started today leads as I continue to work on it over the next few months.

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At the start of our writing period, the group and I brainstormed words and phrases related to the concept of “Home, Then and Now” to generate ideas for our own List-Definition poems. If you weren’t able to join us, you can use the same concept as a poetry prompt!

I thought it would be interesting to turn our brainstorming lists into a poem using every word and phrase generated.

Let me know what you think in the comments!

Then and Now

Then we were fearless
running in clean air
with the outside cats
through mustard yellow fields
playing with the neighbors
on rope swings in fruit trees.

Then we were joyful and safe
in our backyard adventures
our trust in friends expansive
jumping from diving boards
into swimming pools.

Then we were playful
trudging through white snow
splashing into cedar hot tubs,
seldom lonely and only
sometimes confused.

Now we are isolated
amidst the tall green spires
in a sea of dusty earthquakes,
suffocating in politics
and exhausting chaos.

Now our expensive empty nests
feel claustrophobic and tiny,
leaving us alone but safe
in our book-filled havens.

Now, as then, we find love and gratitude
hidden in Sunday dinners and boba tea,
waiting between cracks on the sidewalks
and countless cars parked on freeways.

Then and now we are Cupertino.
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FREE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS – POETRY OF PLACE!

LUNCH HOUR LANGUAGE ARTISTS (1)Starting this week, I’m offering FOUR free creative writing workshops as part of my last Lunch Hour Language Artist series as Poet Laureate. Though I’m sad this will be my last workshop series as your CPL, I’m *super* excited about this particular grouping of workshops.

That’s because in series we’ll explore one of my favorite things: Poetry of Place with a focus on revision. Throughout the series, we’ll investigate poetry related to homes, journeys and maps, and places of the imagination. While the lessons in each workshop are designed to build on each other, it’s not necessary to attend them all as each works well as a free-standing workshop.

Here are the session dates and times: 

  • Session 1: 10/16, 12:00 – 1:30PM
  • Session 2: 10/30, 12:00 – 1:30PM
  • Session 3: 11/06, 12:00 – 1:30PM
  • Session 4: 11/20, 12:00 – 1:30PM

SPECIAL NOTE: We’ll be meeting at the Quinlan Community Center in the Music Room.

No previous poetry or writing experience necessary! Attend one, some, or all of the meetings in the series.

Space is limited

SPACE IS LIMITED! Please reserve a ticket on Eventbrite or email Kaecey to save a seat. If your plans change and you can no longer attend after reserving a seat, no worries. I only ask that you email me so I can free up a seat for another participant!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS!

SUBMIT YOUR WORK!If you live or work in the South Bay or Peninsula area, consider submitting your creative writing for inclusion in this community anthology! This is a chance for the many varied and beautiful voices of our community to come together. I would love to include pieces in other languages with English translation.

If the work you submit was inspired by a CPL event or program, let me know!

EVERYONE is welcome to submit — kids, teens, adults, new writers, and established!!

Check out the flyer below and email with questions!
Deadline is 9/30.
No more than 10 poems or pages of short prose pieces.
Previously published is fine (include the relevant information).

Email your work to poetlaureate@cupertino.org