Reading in the Rain---performing your own poems, Saturday

a free workshop with Dan Raphael
December 10, 2011
Multnomah Arts Center (7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland), 

Registration is byphone (302-823-ARTS),
in person, or on-line if you have an account with Portland Parks .
Course # 366187

Do you wish that you could read your poems with less fear and mumbling,
more energy and applause? Poets tend to be quiet observers, but the
words you write can show you how to say them. This free one-day workshop
will focus on strategies for performing your work, providing tools,
tricks, and perspectives. We'll explore several presentation styles, and
consider ways to use your "outside" voice, engage the audience, and work
in a variety of environments. Bring another poet's poem you like, and a
couple of your own; be ready to move around a little, and to use a pen
or pencil.

I've given over 200 readings, including Wordstock, Bumbershoot, Powell's
Books, Eastern Oregon U, Burning Word, Reed College, Silverton Poetry
Festival and Portland Jazz Festival. My first CD, *Children of the Blue
Supermarket,* from live performances with saxophonist Rich Halley &
drummer Carson Halley, came out last March. I*mpulse & Warp: The
Selected 20th Century Poems* (works from my first 13 collections) is my
most recent book; my newest book, /The State I'm in/, comes out 2/29.

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