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ČERVENÁ BARVA PRESS hosts workshops all year long. These workshops cover a wide variety of topics such as: writer's block, poetry workshops, how to submit to magazines, presses and what editors look for. For many of these workshops, there will be guest instructors.


Arts for the Armory
Basement, Room B8
191 Highland Avenue
Somerville, MA

Pastry with Poets
Workshop in Reading Your Poems Aloud
Instructor: Lloyd Schwartz
Saturday, February 23, 2018
Admission: $10.00
Limited to 6
This workshop is now sold out!
No refunds for this event

Workshop in Reading Your Poems Aloud

Writers often reach wider audiences through readings than through publication. Yet most writers are not trained to read their works aloud. Even well known writers may read mechanically, monotonously, with too little-or too much-expression. In this workshop, participants discuss what makes a good reading and explore the wide range of successful reading styles. They each read one of their own poems as if they were reading in public then, after supportive feedback from the class under the guidance of the instructor, gets to re-read the poem with fresh insight.

Lloyd Schwartz is the Frederick S. Troy Professor of English and teaches in the Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His poetry collections include These People (1981), Goodnight, Grace (1992), Cairo Traffic (2000), and Little Kisses (2017) and his poems have been selected for the Pushcart Prize, The Best American Poetry, and The Best of the Best American Poetry. A leading authority on the poet Elizabeth Bishop, he edited the Library of America's Elizabeth Bishop: Poems, Prose, & Letters (2008) and the centennial edition of Bishop's Prose (FSG, 2011). A multi-prize-winning arts critic, he was awarded the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism for his columns on music in The Boston Phoenix. He is currently the classical music critic for National Public Radio's Fresh Air and contributing arts critic for WBUR's the ARTery.

Lloyd Schwartz recently was selected as the poet laureate of Somerville, MA. for the next two years.

Photo: Michael J. Lutch

Directions & parking:
The Center for the Arts is located between Davis Square and Union Square. Parking is located behind the armory at the rear of the building. Arts at the Armory is approximately a 15 minute walk from Davis Square which is on the MTBA Red Line. You can also find us by using either the MBTA RT 88 and RT 90 bus that can be caught either at Lechmere (Green Line) or Davis Square (Red Line). Get off at the Highland Avenue and Lowell Street stop. You can also get to us from Sullivan Square (Orange Line) by using the MBTA RT 90 bus. Get off at the Highland Avenue and Benton Road stop.

Other Services

Manuscript help by appointment
Poetry Critique by appointment
Short story or novel critique by appointment

For information contact:
Gloria Mindock

Need help with your manuscript?

Not sure what order your manuscript should go in? I can help you with that for a reasonable rate. Manuscripts will not be critiqued but I will help you place your poems in the best order for your collection.

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