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 germinating. The seeds have been planted, preparing for harvest on November 12-13, 2022, on Zoom. We will meet from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 each day.


The Poetry Selection Committee has begun choosing the poems that attendees will discuss on Saturday, November 12.


Dorianne Laux, accomplished poet and teacher, will be our guest presenter.


On Sunday morning, she will lead an interactive workshop exploring the mysteries of Why Poetry? - the qualities that make poetry a unique form of expression. In the afternoon, she will read a selection of her poems. As always, there will be lots of time for your questions.


More details to follow.


About Dorianne Laux

Excerpted from Poetry Foundation website


Dorianne Laux is the author of several collections of poetry, including What We Carry (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Smoke (2000); Facts about the Moon (2005), winner of the Oregon Book Award and a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; The Book of Men (2011), awarded the Paterson Prize; and Only As the Day is Long: New and Selected Poems (2019), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. Laux has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, and has been a Pushcart Prize winner. 

Laux, speaking of the qualities she admires most in poetry, says: “Craft is important, a skill to be learned, but it’s not the beginning and end of the story. I want the muddled middle to be filled with the gristle of the living.”

Laux has taught creative writing at the University of Oregon, Pacific University, and North Carolina State University; she has also led summer workshops at Esalen in Big Sur. She is the co-author, with Kim Addonizio, of The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry (1997). She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, poet Joseph Millar.


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

Questions? Please send email to:

Paula Weinberger, p.weinberger41@gmail.com or

Ginni Saunders, ginnisaunders@gmail.com