Calling ALL Writers to Poetry Workshops
Second Saturdays of the month 9:00 – 12:00
Poets & Writers
Ritzenthaler Family Foundation.
The Council deeply appreciates Nancy Heggem’s sponsorship of the Second Saturday Poetry Workshop space at the Palatine Library.
All poetry workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library,
700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067.
January 13, 2018 — Rob Baker
Rob Baker grew up in Arlington Heights and currently lives in Palatine. Rob has a BS degree from Purdue and an MEd from DePaul. He has taught English at Barrington High School for ten years, nine of those including creative writing. He has published dozens of short stories and articles, including a profile of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca that originally appeared in National Council of Teachers of English publication, then was included in The Norton Field Guide to Writing. Other places his writing has appeared include YourDailyPoem.com and Poetry Cram 12: A Midnight Summer Nightmare. For many years he has been a member of the Second Saturday Poetry.
Sly Rhyme: Sound Devices in Modern Poetry
Free verse and rhyming poems are sometimes thought of as mutually exclusive: A poem either has regular, patterned rhyme or it doesn’t have any. However, the use of rhyme, rather than being an all or nothing decision, can instead fall on a spectrum. Modern poets sometimes use varieties of rhyme and sound devices in subtler, less structured ways than more traditional poets have done, and for different reasons. Participants will look at sample poems that employ such “sly” rhyme and try their hand at writing some of their own.
February 10, 2018 – Benjamin Goluboff
Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. In addition to some scholarly publications, he has placed imaginative work — poetry, fiction, and essays — in many small-press journals, recently Unbroken, Bird’s Thumb, and War Literature and the Arts. He is the author of Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse, and Other Poems (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2017). Some of his work can be read at www.lakeforest.edu/academics/faculty/goluboff/
Writing Poems from Photographs
Photographs can be a fertile matrix for composing poems. Photos may tell one story and imply a second counter-narrative. They may conceal even as they reveal. Photographs often impress the reader with what Eliot called “the pastness of the past as well as its presence.” The poem that successfully accounts for all the information in a photograph — seen and unseen — is a poem worth attending to. This workshop invites participants to respond to a number of poems about photographs, to write an early draft of a poem about a photograph, and to share their own poems on any subject.
March 10, 2018 – Susan B. Auld
Susan B. Auld is a poet and a retired pediatric speech-language pathologist who lives in Arlington Heights. Susan finds inspiration in the natural world that she believes is a gift meant to be discovered, remembered and revered. Susan writes free verse and contemporary English haiku and haibun. Her work has been published both online and in print journals including Heron’s Nest, cattails, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Paper Lanterns, Chrysanthemum, Autumn Moon, A Hundred Gourds, Haibun Today, Avocet. One of her haibun, was selected as the best of 2014 and included in Red Moon Press’ Contemporary Haibun 2014. One of her haiku was selected and included in Haiku 2016. Her work will also be recognized in a women’s haiku anthology to be published in 2018. Susan has participated in numerous readings, including, those sponsored by the NWCC and the Illinois State Poetry Society. She has been a featured poet on two occasions at Brewed Awakening and also at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court. Susan teaches continuing education writing classes for new writers and those who wish to use writing to heal, meditate, and discover. She facilitates the Haiku Chapter of the Illinois State Poetry Society and the Haiku Circle at her local library. Susan is a member of the Haiku Society of America and the Illinois State Poetry Society. She has published two chapbooks of her poetry (Waiting Innocence and Visiting Morning and Other Quiet Places) and a collection of haiku with Red Moon Press, Chrysanthemum Dusk.
Haiku as a Spiritual Practice
This workshop will discover the wonder of the haiku moment of haiku and will explore contemporary English haiku from a literary and meditative perspective. Participants will learn about what makes a haiku a haiku and will participate in writing their own “little poems”.
Please bring 15 copies of your poem(s).
There will be ample time for individual critiques at each session.
Workshops take place at the Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine, IL 60067
To download a PDF registration form to attend workshops,
Responses to questionnaires indicated that participants want: short lectures; critiques of their poems; and short writing exercises so sessions will cover all three interests.