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Taking Notes

Online Writing Workshop

Scenes From A City of Poets

facilitated by James Cagney

Wednesdays 10AM–12PM (4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28)

About The Workshop

As of March 31, this workshop is full. Thank you for your interest!

Where does poetry come from? Often, poems emerge from our observed passions, education, and experiences, and converge with the unknowable magic of our random world. Poets with varying levels of experience are invited to "dig the sounds of jazz" while pushing themselves creatively on the page. Musicians work themselves to a sweat on stage while playing their hearts out -- so why can’t we? In this four week workshop, we will draw from a curation of jazz soundscapes and push ourselves to explore new possibilities in our work and become confident poetic soloists. Using prompts inspired by ‘guest lectures’ from Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Marion Williams, and others, poets will:

Expect to listen close, let go, and write hard. Bring your preferred instruments of creation and let’s play. 

Please email icezanne@sfjazz.org for more information.

Date/Times: Wednesdays 10AM-12PM (4/7, 4/14, 4/21, 4/28) 

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About The Facilitator

James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland, Ca. His poems have been published in Alta, Poetry Daily, The Maynard, Patrice Lumumba Anthology of Black Writers on Liberation, Colossus: Home, and Silver Pinion, among others. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory, won the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles award. It is available now from NomadicPress.org. More of James’ writing can be found at TheDirtyRat.blog.

James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland, Ca. His poems have been published in Alta, Poetry Daily, The Maynard, Patrice Lumumba Anthology of Black Writers on Liberation, Colossus: Home, and Silver Pinion, among others. His first book, Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory, won the PEN Oakland 2019 Josephine Miles award. It is available now from NomadicPress.org. More of James’ writing can be found at TheDirtyRat.blog.

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