Teen Poetry Workshop: “Imagining a Sustainable Future Through Poetry”

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Program Description


Teen poets of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to participate in a free writing workshop with former Santa Barbara Poet Laureate, David Starkey, co-editor of Gunpowder Press. A great deal of creativity will be required to bring about a sustainable future, and what endeavor is more creative than writing poetry? The workshop will begin by reading diverse examples of what might be called “the poetry of sustainability” — poems that range from descriptions of the natural world as it is now, to others that re-vision approaches to climate-related issues. Participants will discuss these model poems, then write some of their own. Afterwards, small groups will meet to look over the newly created poems, and, time permitting, those who are so inclined will be able to share their work with the entire workshop. Poems will also be featured in a Poetry Walk display and reading in conjunction with a Library on the Go van stop.

This program is supported by a Library Services and Technology Act grant, administered in California by the California State Library.


Participants in this event may be photographed by Library staff. These photos may be used in promotional or educational publications, including in print, social media, and presentations. Please see staff if you do not consent to having your photo taken. Staff will obtain individual, signed photo releases of photographs that contain only an individual as opposed to a group.