Monday, June 24, 2013

51 Guest Poets Visited Occidental College Upward Bound!

It was that time of year again, when I ask the SoCal poetry community to volunteer their time to bring their poetry to my high school Creative Writing students in the Upward Bound program at Occidental College. Their response has been beyond phenomenal. The Guest Poets' poetic performances always inspire my students to reach for the heights. These guests gave them the unique opportunity to experience and interact with published writers...every day! All I asked each of the poets to do was perform three of their poems, answer any questions, and (if they liked) offer a writing idea. Here was the schedule of wonderful Guest Poets for this summer:

Monday, June 24th, 10am to 11am - DON KINGFISHER CAMPBELL
Tuesday, June 25th, 10am to 11am - KARINE ARMEN & MINA V. KIRBY
Wednesday, June 26th, 10am to 11am - HART FISHER, PAUL MANCHESTER & JEFF WAYNE-PATRICK RUSSELL
Thursday, June 27th, 10am to 11am - LALO KIKIRIKI, GRAHAM SMITH & MARY FRANCES SPENCER
Friday, June 28th, 9am to 10am - CARL HARMON & REY ROMEA LUMINARIAS

Monday, July 1st, 10am to 11am - ANDREA CARTER BROWN, ELSA FRAUSTO & BARRY SCHWAM
Tuesday, July 2nd, 10am to 11am - SEAN HILL & E.R. SANCHEZ
Wednesday, July 3rd, 10am to 11am - LYNNE BRONSTEIN & CONNEY WILLIAMS
Friday, July 5th, 9am to 10am - CALOKIE, TOTI O'BRIEN & DAVID SLAVIN

Monday, July 8th, 10am to 11am - ELI GOITEIN & KARINEH MAHDESSIAN
Tuesday, July 9th, 10am to 11am - MONA JEAN CEDAR & ROLLAND VASIN
Wednesday, July 10th, 10am to 11am - KIMBERLY COBIAN & PETE JUSTUS
Thursday, July 11th, 10am to 11am - CAMILO BACA, RON BACA & CLAIRE KOHLER
Friday, July 12th, 9am to 10am - JUDY BARRAT, MICHAEL J CLUFF & JESSICA WILSON

Monday, July 15th, 10am to 11am - JIM BOLT, MARK DIXON & RAUNDI KAI MOORE-KONDO
Tuesday, July 16th, 10am to 11am - DOROTHY RANDALL GRAY, DORI MARLER & JAMES MAVERICK
Wednesday, July 17th, 10am to 11am - TRACI KATO-KIRIYAMA, LESLIE MARYANN NEAL & KATHERINE NORLAND
Thursday, July 18th, 10am to 11am - LIBRECHT BAKER, RADOMIR LUZA & SCOTT NICHOLS

Monday, July 22nd, 10am to 11am - JACK BOWMAN, SCOTT KAESTNER & JENNY ZHANG
Tuesday, July 23rd, 10am to 11am - NORMAN MOLESKO, JUDITH TERZI & MARI WERNER

Thank you for your contribution to the future of Los Angeles,
Don

Friday, May 10, 2013

Workshop and Performance!

Yesterday morning I made my annual visit to Mrs. Guarino's Creative Writing class at Clark Magnet High School in Glendale for the 14th time!  The seniors wrote some amazing poems.  I'm looking forward to seeing them in published form.  One student even wrote about me!

And on Friday afternoon, April 12th, I performed five of my poems (Brothers, French Toast, Jelly, Just An Apple, and The Planet Of The Oreos) for 7th graders at the Los Angeles Leadership Academy Middle School.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Performances!

Last Friday I took a troupe of poets (Jenny Zhang, Emily Zhang, and CaLokie) to perform with me at White Cliffs Middle School in Kingman, Arizona.  We visited ten classes, and performed in the KABAM Festival!

CaLokie sees... we're on at 3.

CaLokie reads from his book Mini-Gods.