Thursday, May 5, 2016

Gillan's 'Writing Poetry To Save Your Life' Featured in San Diego Program

The San Diego Entertainment & Arts Guild (SDEAG) received a grant from the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO) for poetry books to be used in workshops in Juvenile Hall and the Vista Jail. SDEAG, a 501(c)(3) public charity, sponsors the San Diego Poetry Annual, which includes specials sections from Poets in Juvenile Hall and Veterans in Jail. These two outreach programs involve workshops led by poets associated with the annual.

The funds will be used to buy copies of two of the most influential guides to writing poetry – Steve Kowit’s In the Palm of Your Hand and Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s.Writing Poetry To Save Your Life: How To Find The Courage To Tell Your Stories   – plus copies of the 2015-16 San Diego Poetry Annual, featuring 329 poems by 242 poets

Both Kowit and Gillan have been featured poets in previous annuals.

SDEAG president Bill Harding said “We are so grateful to CECO for their generous help in reaching these underserved communities. We believe in the power of art to change people by getting inside them and opening them to new possibilities. With these two groups, poetry can also be a path to hope – and after that, everything is possible.”


Maria's Official Site is at  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

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