Poetry Weekend

November 12-13, 2022

The Great Books Poetry Weekend is held annually in November. Each year, the weekend includes three discussions along with a poetry activity that entertains and involves all the participants.








Poetry Weekend 2022 is now open for registration

November 12 – 13, 2022 on Zoom

Saturday: 10 am to 12:30 pm;   2:00 to 4:00 pm

Sunday:   10 am to 12:30 pm;    2:00 to 4:00 pm


This year's theme is Why Poetry?


Like all genres, poetry has continued to evolve as poets create new forms and break old rules. This brings us to this year’s theme, what makes a poem a poem? What distinguishes a prose poem from prose? Why choose poetry over prose or vice versa?

These questions and more will be the focus of the upcoming Poetry Weekend. Attendees will explore the essential elements that define a poem. We're thrilled to welcome accomplished poet and teacher Dorianne Laux as a guest presenter to help unravel the mysteries that make poetry a unique form of expression.

Saturday, November 12: Attendees will discuss a wide range of poems led by a trained facilitator:


  • Dorianne Laux, Facts About the Moon  

  • Lynn Emanuel, Big Black Car

  • Larry Levis, Elegy with a Chimneysweep Falling Inside It

  • Forrest Gander, Elegy for the Disappeared

  • Camille T. Dungy, This'll Hurt Me More

Finding the Center

  • Wallace Stevens, The Snow Man 

  • Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Hummingbird Abecedarian

  • Tomas Tranströmer, Track

  • Richard Wilbur, Advice to a Prophet

  • Arthur Sze, Transfigurations


Extra: There will be an Open Mic following the afternoon session led by Dorianne Laux. It’s a chance to read a poem of your own or share a favorite.


Sunday, November 13: In the morning, Dorianne Laux will lead an interactive workshop probing the poetic process from the perspective of poet and reader. In the afternoon, she will read a selection of her poems. As always, there will be lots of time for your questions.


Tuition $50 

Register Now!


About Dorianne Laux

Dorianne Laux’s sixth collection, Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems, was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Her fifth collection,

The Book of Men, was awarded The Paterson Prize. Her fourth book of poems, Facts About the Moon, won The Oregon Book Award and was short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also the author of Awake; What We Carry, a finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award; Smoke; as well as a fine small press edition, The Book of Women. She is the co-author of the celebrated text The Poet's Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry.


For a list of books about poetry, please click here.

For lists of the poems that we've discussed during previous Poetry Weekends, click here:

Questions? Please send email to:

Paula Weinberger, p.weinberger41@gmail.com or

Ginni Saunders, ginnisaunders@gmail.com