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Winter Speaker Series

Aurora History Museum's Winter Speaker Series

Poets and Poetry in Aurora

Join us at the museum to hear local poets reading and discussing their work. Each event includes readings from the selected poet, a discussion of their experience as a poet and a workshop for visitors to explore writing their own poetry.
Unless noted below, all events are free to the public. You must register for each event you wish to attend. Pencils and notebooks will be provided 

• Nancy Viera: Finding Inspiration

Friday Jan. 19, 6:30 p.m.
Are you a seasoned poet but stuck in a rut? New to poetry and don't know where to start? Come to this workshop with Nancy Viera! She will perform and then lead a workshop on finding inspiration.
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• Ralonda Simmons: Condensing your poetry for maximum impact
Saturday Jan. 20, 4 p.m.
Do you edit your work? If you are afraid to cut things out of your poetry this workshop is for you! New to poetry and don't know where to start? Local poet Ralonda Simmons will perform and then lead a workshop. 
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• Marissa Forbes: Family Poetry Workshop
Sunday Jan. 21, 11 a.m.
Join us for “Dear Word Collector,” a fun poetry workshop designed for parents and children aged 8-12. “Dear Word Collector” will bring families together through poetry exploration. We’ll enjoy The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds then build word banks to decorate journals in the style of refrigerator poems. We’ll also read some addresses and odes from the book Dear World by Takayo Noda as a group, which will inspire families to write their own poems. Families will interact with games and prompts to write at least two poems and walk away with many tips on bringing poetry into everyday life.
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• 
E Soto: Collage Poetry
Sunday Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m.
E is an artist of all mediums. Lately they have been embracing collage and leading workshops. Join us for an evening of collage, community, and self expression. E will talk about their creative process and then we will hunt through magazines to create found poems.
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• Alexandra Jackson: Expressive Writing and Gentle Motion
Saturday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.
Transformative workshop designed to nurture your mind, body, and spirit. Join us for a unique experience that combines the therapeutic power of expressive writing with the soothing benefits of gentle motion, creating a harmonious journey towards self-discovery and healing.  Throughout the workshop, expect to engage in guided writing exercises that encourage emotional exploration and self-expression. We will seamlessly integrate gentle movements, influenced by yoga and mindful practices, to enhance the mind-body connection and facilitate a deeper sense of release.
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• Ahja Fox: Publishing your Work
Sunday Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m.
Ahja Fox is Aurora's third Poet Laureate. She describes poetry as a superpower and as "everyone's birthright to use language, regardless of whether actual "words" are ever said, and that gift alone is so grand, but poetry gives you a model that is endless even in its form and apparent rules." Her work has been published in various online and print journals, including Five:2:One, LEVELER, Wrongdoing Magazine, Okay Donkey, SWWIM and Driftwood Press. 
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• Wayne Gilbert: Having Coffee with Death

Sunday, Jan. 28, 3 p.m. 
Wayne is a retired teacher and teacher of teachers. He has degrees in English, history and religion, as well as graduate work in educational psychology. Since retiring in 2012 from the Community College of Aurora, he has published three chapbooks: Magmamystic, From the Ashes, and, most recently, Sacred Chill, poems written during the first year of the Pandemic.
From 2014-2018, Wayne facilitated monthly poetry workshops with incarcerated residents at Sterling Correctional Facility in Sterling, CO. The poets published a book called Unlocked Poetry with Professor Gilbert and the Lyrical Vagabonds. Wayne was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2005. Through the Davis Phinney Foundation, Wayne leads two monthly poetry workshops on zoom for people with Parkinson’s. He refers to this work as Metaphor Medicine.
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All events are at Aurora History Museum, 15051 E Alameda Parkway

This series is still in the works. Check back regularly to see what's changed.

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