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Poetry Weekend

November 11-12, 2023

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.








Save the Date!


Poetry Weekend 2023

November 11–12 via Zoom


To go to the registration page for the event, please click this link:


A poetry selection committee is choosing 10 poems for discussion by small groups on Saturday, November 11, 2023.  As always, selections will reflect a mixture of genres and periods. Poem titles will be posted on this website as soon as they're available.


We're pleased to announce that our guest poet will be Elizabeth C. Herron, Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA. She will lead an interactive seminar on the morning of Sunday, November 11, and then do a reading for us in the afternoon.


Elizabeth C. Herron is the author of Insistent Grace (2020) and In the Cities of Sleep (2023), both from Fernwood Press, as well as The Poet’s HouseDesire Being Full of Distances; and five chapterbooks, She also writes articles about the importance of natural systems in the well-being of all life. The Mesa Refuge for Writers, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Foundation for Deep Ecology have supported her work.  She is a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers and lives with her husband on the edge of the Atascadero marsh in Northern California.


In her own words:


Why I Write

Aldo Leopold, the father of modern environmental writing, famously observed we take care of what we feel affection for, and Toni Morrison says that "Beauty makes the unbearable bearable." My own poetry is always an effort to find the beauty that compels affection, even when the subject is otherwise unbearable. We want our hearts awakened, and poetry is about the heart.

To learn more about Elizabeth Herron, and to sample some of her work, please visit her lovely website:

Please join us on November 11-12 2023 for the next Poetry Weekend!


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, or

Ginni Saunders,

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