Upcoming Events

The poet Sarah Browning is seen from the side, reading from papers in front of a microphone. Her hair is reddish and to her shoulders. An audience is in the background

Justice & Joy: Writing Powerful Political Poems – Online
Saturday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
Sponsored by Writers in Progress
Register at the Writers in Progress website.
In times of extremity and peril, when so many communities are under daily attack and the future of our very home, this planet, is imperiled, how do we express our outrage?  How do we dream another world in poems that move beyond the rhetoric of speeches and the reasoned arguments of power point presentations? How do we reach people in their hearts, where change begins? Contemporary poets are taking an enormous variety of approaches to this question, both thematically and stylistically. We’ll take a look at some model poems, refer to resources to find more.  Then, with the help of some inspiring prompts, we’ll try our hand at writing poetry that inspires change.  Everyone welcome!

Tonight We Write Down the Moon: A Poetry Workshop – Online
Sponsored by Writers in Progress
8 Tuesdays, beginning January 18, 2022 – NEW DATE
6-9 pm EST

Register at the Writers in Progress website.
Our lives might be busy, our minds distracted. But once a week, for eight Tuesdays, we will cultivate our power of observation, writing poems that love on our five senses, remembering the moon.  We will explore the fundamentals of poetry–image, metaphor, music, form–and practice the beauty and challenge of placing the poem on the page. Each week, we’ll generate new writing together, responding to exercises and creative prompts the workshop leader brings. We’ll share our efforts with each other and receive supportive responses/feedback.  We’ll also look each week at poems by our contemporaries that bring us to our senses – literally! – exploring them for craft choices and emotional resonance.  Participants will have the opportunity to send a poem to the workshop leader for full critique – or just for sharing.  All levels of experience with poetry are invited!

The Literary Cypher – Featured Reader – Online
Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7 pm EST
With writers Krystal A. Smith, Sufiya Abdur-Rahman, Courtney Harler, Tanisha Bankston, Sabrina Anthony, Jessica Claire Haney. Details on Facebook (available to all).

Publishing Your Poetry – Online
Sponsored by Writers in Progress
Saturday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST
Register at the Writers in Progress website.
Got poems? Want to publish in literary journals but don’t know where to start? Or need an inspirational shot in the arm to send out more poems? This workshop is for you! Workshop leader Sarah Browning has published hundreds of poems in print and online lit journals, including Poetry, The Beloit Poetry Review, Shanandoah, Tinderbox Poetry JournalPainted Bride Quarterly, and more. She’ll take the mystery out of the process, tell a few hilarious and inspiring stories, walk you through some sample journals’ submission guidelines and the submissions platform Submittable, and leave you with tools and resources to help you get your work out in the world, where it belongs.

Painted Bride Quarterly/Red Hen Press Reading
AWP Conference Off-Site Event
Friday, March 25, 2022
Details TBA

Selected Past Events:

Poetry & Social Change: A Lecture – Online
Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:30 pm EST
Sponsored by Literary Lectures/The Sacramento Poetry Alliance
Virtual event. Login on Zoom.

Community Writing Workshop — Online
Sponsored by Writers in Progress
Sunday, September 5, 2021, 9:30 am-12:30 pm EST
FREE but registration is REQUIRED
Come join us for a morning of writing among peers! After a short warm up, we’ll engage in a sustained writing period in response to a variety of prompts. We’ll share some of our work and receive supportive feedback. A great way to jumpstart your writing projects! More info at the Facebook event page. (You don’t have to be on Facebook to access the page.)

Graduate Research & Creative Works Symposium
Rutgers University Camden
Tuesday, April 13, 12:45-1:45 pm EST

FREE but registration is REQUIRED
Poetry reading & Q&A — drop in on Zoom any time during the hour! Registration and further information at the College of Arts & Sciences website.

This Is What America Looks Like — A Reading and Panel on the new anthology from Washington Writers’ Publishing House, sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library. With poet Hayes Davis and prose writers Adam Schwartz and Darlene Taylor. Moderated by Kathleen Wheaton.
Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm EST – FREE
Details and login information at the Library’s website.

Bring me to your reading series or classroom! Email: sarahbrowningwriter@yahoo.com

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