2022 Events Schedule

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE UNLESS

OTHERWISE NOTED.

NEW!

LIVE Weekly Drop-In Class

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Learn more & register via the

class web page

at brooklynpoets.org!

CLASS DESCRIPTION

“Poetry comes in a vast array of styles, from plain speech and straightforward to complex or ‘difficult,’ including those that seem straightforward but are in fact complex. Why should we avoid one in favor of another, if any might be capable of touching us? Poetry isn’t here for us to ‘get’ it; it’s here to join us on the journey we call life.”

- Alice Fogel, Strange Terrain: A Poetry Handbook for the Reluctant Reader

It’s no secret that when it comes to people engaging with art, poetry often gets a “swipe left” in the face of other creative expressions that seem a bit easier on the mind’s eye, such as music, films, novels, plays, etc. Despite the art form’s emotional and imaginative charms, poems can—and often do—demand a lot from our readerly hearts and minds. How is it that we can feel so perplexed in venturing through one poem yet so at home inside another? Why do we feel double-crossed by one poem’s speaker while another has us at hello with the title alone? The truth is, there is always the opportunity for us to pull back the curtain on any poem’s word-wizardry and humanize our interaction with verse by replacing questions like “What does this poem mean?…Why am I so confused?…Wait, where was I?” with the singular, more experiential driving query: “Can I have a successful relationship with this poem?” The answer to this question may be different for each of us as we get to know any given poem, but our shared capacity to call a poem “friend” relies on how we as curious, open-minded readers approach, understand and engage with the actual words on the page. In this drop-in class, you’ll learn how to arrive at your own conclusions as to whether the poems you read hold the potential to be lifelong companions, casual acquaintances or mental swipes to the left. Each week, this hourlong excursion with verse will offer an insightful exploration of excellent poems, both celebrated and lesser known, and empower you with the critical know-how and daring spirit needed to interpret and enjoy poems of any size, shape, tone or style.

SATURDAY
July 23
1 - 9
pm

Save the Date

Come hear me read as part of a remarkable lineup of poets

>>> btwn 6 - 7pm! <<<

Learn More!

Friends & NYC Neighbors! This month marks one solar orbit that I’ve had the artistic & personal joy of being a member of the incredible Brooklyn Poets community, by way of taking several of the org’s workshops and reading each month as part of its sensational “Yawp” open mic series. On SATURDAY 7/23, Brooklyn Poets will celebrate not only TEN wonder-whirls around the sun, but—the grand opening of its first brick & mortar venue on—(!!)—Montague St. in historic Brooklyn Heights. Jason Koo, the org’s brilliant founder & maestro of YES, YO! ceremonies is heading up a vibrant all-day affair on SAT 7/23 from 1-9pm.

I’m elated to note that I’ll be reading some of my poems at the event—in the 6-7pm window—as part of an unprecedented array of blazing poets who will be stepping up to the mic inside each hour. AKA: come for the poetry party vibes & fellowship & Brooklynlove, stay for the 💥 freaking poetry!

Lastly, as if all that wasn’t good-news enough… I’m honored to announce that I’m going to be teaching an hour-long weekly “drop-in” class with Brooklyn Poets—live at the venue!—on Saturdays at 11am. It’s entitled: “Demystifying Poetry: The Joy of Befriending Verse” and yes. That’s right. Poetry. It IS just for breakfast anymore…! So. Do stay tuned for more info there, and in the meantime, do get excited about joining me to get your poetryoga class groove on!

Yowsa. So much to cherish & revere. A constellation of congrats & love to Jason Koo & the entire Brooklyn Poets team for this truly phenomenal achievement—and offering to the literary stardusters of NYC!

~ Past Events ~

Friends & lovers of the imaginative pen,

Please join me this spring in New York's beautiful Hudson River Valley, where I'll be partnering

with a host of public libraries to present an

illuminating poetry appreciation workshop:

It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's a Poem! 
Demystifying the Poetic Form

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I'll also be appearing live at

Adriance Memorial Library on

THURSDAY, APRIL 21st at 7:00pm

as their featured guest for National Poetry Month. I'm honored to appear as part of this wonderful series, and excited to gather in celebration of poetry's uplifting power and unifying grace. I'll be reading a thoughtful selection of my original poems, along with some inspiring favorites.

Scroll down to learn more and register via the partnering library's website.

Reserve your spot today!

ANNOUNCING

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Danielle does a superior job of explaining what makes poetry tick while also touching your heart and mind. Her passion is infectious. I have a new appreciation and enthusiasm for poetry, all thanks to her amazing instruction!

- student testimonial

POETRY WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Do you walk in fear of poetry, yet feel somehow drawn to its charms and long to befriend it, perhaps even waltz right up to its mystifying blaze and invite it inside for a cup of morning brew? If so, this workshop is for you! As Elizabeth Alexander noted, Poetry is the human voice—are we not of interest to each other? Whether a well-crafted line of verse calls us to explore what lies before us or deep within us, poetry can seize our hearts, still our minds, and fortify our lives like no other art form can.

 

In this illuminating workshop, you’ll be invited to look beyond the "pageantry" of masterful works and discover the unifying human truths that kindle at every poem’s core. Vibrant, guided discussions, impassioned readings, inspiring video clips, and an interactive examination of craft will empower you with the critical tools and daring spirit needed to greet those intimidating lines of verse that secretly long to be your new best pal.

Spring 2022 Schedule

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 13

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Pleasant Valley Free Library

6p—8pm

1584 Main St.

Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

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WEDNESDAY APRIL 20

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Adriance Memorial Library

6:30pm—8:30pm

93 Market Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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THURSDAY APRIL 21

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SPECIAL EVENT / LIVE READING

Adriance Memorial Library

7pm—8:30pm

An Evening of Poetry featuring

Danielle Gasparro

LEARN MORE

(No registration needed.)

93 Market Street

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

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TUESDAY APRIL 26

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POETRY WORKSHOP

East Fishkill Community Library

6pm—8pm

348 Route 376
Hopewell Junction NY 12533

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THURSDAY APRIL 28

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Elting Memorial Library

6pm—8pm

93 Main Street
New Paltz, New York 12561

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MONDAY MAY 16

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Kent Public Library

 Cancelled due to severe weather. 

>>> New date TBA soon <<<

PLEASE CHECK BACK...

17 Sybil’s Crossing

Kent Lakes, NY 10512

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THURSDAY JUNE 2nd

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Millbrook Public Library

4pm—6pm

3 Friendly Lane, PO Box 286
Millbrook NY 12545

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THURSDAY JUNE 9th

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Mahopac Public Library

3pm—5pm

668 Route Six

Mahopac, NY 10541

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WEDNESDAY JUNE 29th

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POETRY WORKSHOP

Morton Memorial Library

6pm—8pm

82 Kelly Street
Rhinecliff, NY 12574

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It was such a pleasure to revisit the study of a literary art form without feeling as if I were in a rigid academic setting. Danielle is inspiring!

student testimonial

Check back soon for
more dates!

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