Poets at Work is a workshop for poets who want to engage in a deep dialogue about the work of the participants as well as that of established poets.
Sharon Venezio has been a member of Writers At Work for over four years. With the support of Terry Wolverton and the members of Writers At Work, she published her first book, titled The Silence of Doorways, released by Moon Tide Press, in March 2013.
Helen Yeoman has been a member of Writers At Work for a little over a year. She moved to Los Angeles from Kentucky to pursue a career in film but has since transitioned into magazine publishing. Helen believes poetry offers her a new creative outlet, and she’s grateful to Writers At Work for providing the guidance and support she needs while on her journey to discover her voice.
I am a poet who writes every day and is continually interested in honing my craft, learning and reading as much as I can while running a business. I’ve been attending poetry workshops at WAW for five years and continue to grow and stretch as a writer helped and encouraged by the feedback I receive on Saturday mornings. Many of the poems in my books, Air Kissing on Mars, published by Red Hen Press in 2010, and Slice of Moon, published by Red Hen Press in 2013, were “workshopped” at WAW.
I have been a student in the poetry class at WAW since it began. I knew that my poetry would change, that I’d be challenged to reach a little higher and risk more, but with an expanding confidence. I participated in the Women’s Poetry Project book, Catena, a collection of themed series; I learned to finish a project. One Saturday I brought in a sonnet about graffiti. It became clear during the critique that I had more to say, that I had more poems to write, that I might have another series of poems! That series of poems turned out to be a crown of sonnets about graffiti. My chapbook, published by Silverton Books in 2013, is titled my name on top of yours and it includes photographs of graffiti taken by me.
Dylan Cameron Gailey
Having worked for 25 years within the LGBTQ social services community as a counselor and program director, I made the decision to change paths. While I believe that for many years, my work had successfully facilitated personal growth, there was something missing for me. Today, I am both student and teacher of Kundalini Yoga, a practice which draws upon prana — our breath, our very life source. Through this physical and meditative practice I discovered a love of poetry and longing to see, speak, and write from a poet’s perspective. I am grateful and blessed to be part of WAW’s Poets at Work.
Brett Guitar Hofer
Writes: poetry, personal essays
Brett Guitar Hofer has been a participant at Writers At Work since 1997. In addition to writing poetry he is a street photographer, painter, and recipient of the best acting prize at ASVOFF 5 Paris 2012.
Eric Howard is a magazine editor who lives in Los Angeles. His poems have appeared in Birmingham Poetry Review, Caveat Lector, Conduit, Gulf Stream Magazine, Hawaii Pacific Review, Old Red Kimono, Plainsong, and The Sun. In 2009 he attended the Squaw Valley Poets workshop and edited its anthology.
Tina Yang, born of Los Angeles, grew up in a Buddhist monastary in Northern California where her mother became a nun in 1987. She attended UCLA School of Film & Television, where she majored in documentary filmmaking and graduated with her BA in 2004. Since then Tina has studied with “poet noir” Suzanne Lummis at UCLA Extension and was previously asked to read her work by poets Cece Peri (at the Gene Autry museum and on the SS Queen Mary), John Brantingham, and Thomas R. Thomas of Tebot Bach Press. Currently Tina is enrolled in a Writers At Work workshop, headed by Terry Wolverton. Her publication in “It’s Animal but Merciful” marks her first.