Drop-In Poetry Club with Jessica Piazza

Drop-In Poetry Club
with Jessica Piazza

Third Thursday of Each Month

These are challenging times, and literature has become a lifeline for so many of us to deeply feel, experience and express our feelings, fears and hopes. Poetry — should you decide to eschew the fear and embrace it! — transports us: it brings us more deeply into our own worlds and experiences, and helps us find connections where we wouldn’t see them otherwise

Our discussion of poetry has been so successful that we have decided to offer it as an ongoing experience. In this fun, low-pressure and engaging drop-in group for poetry beginners, we’ll demystify and celebrate poetry. Whether you joined us the first time or are newly starting with us, fear not: there will be plenty of accessible, moving poems to read and discuss together. Poetry beginners are welcome and encouraged!

Together, we’ll learn that poetry isn’t always the difficult and inaccessible medium many fear, discovering the joy and catharsis these works were always meant to inspire. We’ll allow these poems to bring us comfort, meaning and release during this incredibly difficult time. We’ll read mostly contemporary poetry, and a few classics, too (to remind us that the poems we learned in school are perhaps more relatable than we thought!).

The poetry packet, representing a wide array of voices and circumstances, has something for everyone; even the absolute poetry novice. All are welcome!


The Third Thursday of Each Month

10:30am – 12pm

The safety and comfort of your own home.

$25, which includes a poetry packet especially designed for this course. NO REFUNDS.


Jessica Piazza is the author of three poetry collections, and a children’s book. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Jessica currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a professor of writing at the University of Southern California and a book club facilitator for Literary Affairs. Jessica co-founded Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and is the 2019 recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency award. Her poems have recently appeared in Best American Poetry, Smartish Pace, Baltimore Review and 32 Poems.