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Free Youth Poetry Workshops presented by Village Books and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

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Wed, 06/09/2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Thu, 06/24/2021 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Fri, 07/09/2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am
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Village Books is pleased to team up with the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center for another Peaceful Poetry Workshop series! 

Join us for three FREE youth (18 and under) poetry workshops this summer! Each workshop will feature a different local poet teaching a different lesson. 

Workshop #1: Wednesday, June 9th, 1-2pm - The Use of Repetition - Anaphora in Poetry with John Green, aka "Papa Green Bean"
John has been a poetry volunteer with us since 2019, and has recently published an illustrated book of poems for all ages titled Whimsy Park, which can be found at Village Books. The workshop is free and open to all youth 18 and younger.
Register here

Workshop #2: Thursday, June 24th, 5:30-6:30pm - “Tandem Poetry” with Kristy G.
Kristy has been a Youth Program volunteer since 2019 and a writer for several years. She will touch on themes of collaboration with this group poetry workshop.
Register here

Workshop #3: Friday, July 9th, 10-11am - “Breaking Bread” with Liz Vignali
Liz has been a poetry volunteer with us for many years. From her website: “She is the author of Endangered [Animal]Object Permanence and coauthor of Your Body A Bullet. Her poems and essays have appeared in Willow Springs, Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, Timber, Tinderbox, The Literary Review, and elsewhere.” Her workshop will focus on the idea of connecting through food.
Register here

And don't forget about the 2021 Youth Peace Poetry Contest!

Every year during National Poetry Month, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center opens the Youth Peace Poetry Contest to inspire youth to imagine a more peaceful world through writing. The contest is open to youth in Whatcom County ages 4-18. Submissions are accepted from now until Friday, September 17th, 2021, either online or by mail. To submit a poem online click here.
Youth are invited to submit poems, raps, songs, stories, or any kind of short creative writing piece for this contest. Themes can include peace, listening, respect, anti-bullying, friendship, social justice, etc.
2021 poetry winners will be honored by reading their poem at a virtual poetry reading sponsored by Village Books and having their poem recorded for our virtual Peace Builder Awards. Submitted poems will also be honored through an e-book that will be displayed on our website and shared publicly with our organizational supporters. Once public gatherings become safe, further opportunities may arise to share the winning poems with the community at local events. 

Co-sponsored by Village Books and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family Cover Image
By Papa Green Bean, Christen Mattix (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781735847306
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Papa Green Bean LLC - October 1st, 2020

Endangered [Animal] Cover Image
ISBN: 9781930446526
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Floating Bridge Press - January 1st, 2019

Object Permanence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781622297917
Availability: ***Limited availability, contact store for details***
Published: Finishing Line Press - February 20th, 2015

Your Body a Bullet Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947021693
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Unsolicited Press - November 6th, 2018