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Sep
18
Sat
2021
Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett @ Soapstone, Inc. via Zoom
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – Oct 9 @ 12:00 pm

Reading Diane di Prima’s LOBA, led by Lauren Mallett
Four Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. PST
September 18 through October 9 via Zoom
$50, scholarships available
Limited to 16 participants

In an interview with Jacket magazine, Diane di Prima said, “I wanted everything—very earnestly and totally—I wanted to have every experience I could have, I wanted everything that was possible to a person in a female body.… So my feeling was, ‘Well’—as I had many times had the feeling—‘Well, nobody’s done it quite this way before but fuck it, that’s what I’m doing, I’m going to risk it.’”

Di Prima (1934-2020) was a poet of the Beat movement and the author of more than 40 books. She was born in Brooklyn and grew up on the East Coast. As an adult she ventured out west and settled in California. Di Prima taught at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and Amiri Baraka was one of her closest collaborators.

Di Prima’s LOBA is the most ambitious of her writing projects. Adrienne Rich described LOBA as “An epic act of language, a great geography of the female imagination.” This four-part study group will focus primarily on LOBA’s form, content, and craft. We’ll discuss the risks di Prima takes, and what she achieves as a result. The facilitator, poet and long-time LOBA fangirl Lauren Mallett, will provide brief excerpts from di Prima’s Memoirs of a Beatnik and Recollections of My Life as a Woman to complement our discussion of LOBA. On our final Saturday together, we will also consider di Prima’s legacy in contemporary poetics.

Our required text is the expanded edition of LOBA by Diane di Prima (blue cover, Penguin Books, 1998). Interest in the divine feminine, second-wave feminism, and literary myth-making is far more important to our conversation than poetry experience or vocabulary.

Lauren Mallett (she/her/hers) is a poet, teacher, doula, and mushroom forager. She has lived and studied in Guanajuato and Xalapa, Mexico. Lauren taught dual-language immersion fifth grade in Richmond, California. She earned her MFA and was the Assistant Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Salamander, Passages North, Fugue, Tupelo Quarterly, and other journals. Lauren is a 2016, 2019, and 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee. She has taught for Purdue University, the Lafayette Writers’ Studio, and the Reynolds Young Writers Workshop. She lives on Oregon’s north coast, on the traditional homelands of the Clatsop people. www.laurenmallett.com

Nov
18
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Carmen Rojas Larrazabal @ zoom
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carmen Rojas Larrazabal is a Venezuelan poet and Occupational Therapist with studies in Literature. You can find her poems in publications like, Hourglass, Footprint Alchemy, Clear Water Seconds, Riberas de Ausencia, Fifteen Minutes in the Rain, and Confessions of Absence. Larrazabal is a member of World Academy of Arts and Culture, UNESCO; Co-founder of the Circle of Writers and Authors of La Plata, (CEAP) Argentina; Universal Ambassador of Peace of the Circle of Ambassadors of Peace, Geneva, Switzerland; and Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico (ILCH), Delegate and Representative of Casa Bukowski, Chile.

For zoom details email Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Salem Poetry Project Featuring Carmen Rojas Larrazabal @ zoom
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Carmen Rojas Larrazabal is a Venezuelan poet and Occupational Therapist with studies in Literature. You can find her poems in publications like, Hourglass, Footprint Alchemy, Clear Water Seconds, Riberas de Ausencia, Fifteen Minutes in the Rain, and Confessions of Absence. Larrazabal is a member of World Academy of Arts and Culture, UNESCO; Co-founder of the Circle of Writers and Authors of La Plata, (CEAP) Argentina; Universal Ambassador of Peace of the Circle of Ambassadors of Peace, Geneva, Switzerland; and Instituto Literario y Cultural Hispánico (ILCH), Delegate and Representative of Casa Bukowski, Chile.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Dec
2
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Sue Lick @ zoom
Dec 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sue Fagalde Lick escaped life as a journalist in Silicon Valley to write poetry and play music on the Oregon Coast. She has published two chapbooks, Gravel Road Ahead and The Widow at the Piano: Poems by a Distracted Catholic. Her poems have appeared in Rattle, The MacGuffin, Willawaw, Sage Soup, Cloudbank, New Letters, The American Journal of Poetry, and other publications. She was recently elected president of the Oregon Poetry Association.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Dec
9
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Ben Gorman @ zoom
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Benjamin Gorman is an award-winning high school English teacher, political activist, novelist, poet, and co-publisher at Not a Pipe Publishing. He lives in Independence, Oregon with bibliophile and guillotine aficionado Chrystal, his favorite son, Noah, and his dog, E.V. (External Validation). He believes in his students and the future they’ll create if given the chance.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Dec
16
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Dale Champlin @ zoom
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dale Champlin, an Oregon poet with an MFA in fine art, has poems published in Willawaw, Visions International, San Pedro River Review, catheXis, The Opiate, Pif, Timberline Review and elsewhere. Her first collection, The Barbie Diaries, was published in 2019. Three collections, Leda, Isadora, and Andromina, A Stranger in America are forthcoming. Callie Comes of Age, Dale’s second full-length collection was published with Cirque Press in 2021.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]

Dec
23
Thu
2021
Salem Poetry Project Featuring Favorite Holiday Poems @ zoom
Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

You are the featured reader! Bring your favorite poem about Christmas, Hanukah, Thanksgiving…Festivus and maybe a little story about it. We will also have the regular open mic so have some poems ready, we will keep reading until we run out.

The Salem Poetry Project continues virtually. Each week presents a featured reader followed by the Infamous Open Mic: 3 poems or five minutes whichever is first. Featured reader begins at 7:00 and the open mic will directly follow. For zoom details contact Marc Janssen at [email protected]