Poetry and the Natural World: Inspiration from the Four Elements

Monday evenings 6:00 - 8:00 pm

May 1, May 8, May 15 and May 22

The Natural World: Gaining Inspiration from the Four Elements

The ancient Greeks believed that there were four elements that everything was made up of: earthwater, air, and fire and this idea figures prominently in both Western and Eastern astrology. In this series of four classes we’ll examine the elements as written about by poets such as Neruda, Oliver, Frost, Hopkins, Bukowski, Kenyon and Donne. Finding inspiration, we’ll write and edit our own poems.

Classes meet at the Catamaran Center for the Literary Arts, 1050 River St. Studio #118

Monday evenings 6:00-8:00 p.m. on May 1, May 8, May 15, and May 22

Magdalena Montagne has been leading poetry writing workshops for twenty years and has helped numerous individuals find their inner muse. She currently leads workshops for libraries in Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and San Jose; and for seniors in assisted living facilities in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Santa Clara Counties through her Wisdom Verse Program. Magdalena has been a guest workshop facilitator for several Santa Cruz County area nonprofits including Homeless Services Center, CASA of Santa Cruz, Monarch Services, and WomanCARE.  Additionally, she produced and hosted Poets’ Circle Poetry Reading Series at the Watsonville Public Library for three years. And in 2013, Magdalena produced and hosted, Poets Respond to Violence, a public reading at Bookshop Santa Cruz, with fifteen distinguished featured readers from the community.

Magdalena has taught with California Poets in the Schools in the Santa Cruz, Pajaro Valley and Siskiyou County Unified School districts and she is a SPECTRA artist in Santa Cruz County.  She has been a member of the Santa Cruz Alliance for Arts Education since 2012 and has been the Santa Cruz County Coordinator for the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest for high school students for the past two years. Her own poems have appeared locally in Cabrillo College’s Porter Gulch ReviewPlentitude of Poets: Anthology of Poets from the Monterey Bay; If the Sky Was My Heart: CA Poets in the Schools Statewide Anthology; Manzanita Quarterly; and forthcoming in the Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts Reader. For more information, visit her website at www.poetrycirclewithmagdalena.com.