What we're about

Welcome! This is an outlet to share our words, creativity, emotions! Come join us - read, listen, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to share your work, or respectively enjoy that of others. Positive critique is welcomed in the monthly workshop.

Founded in April 2016 by Jeff Reed, Poetry Connected (formerly known as Walnut Creek Poetry Meetup) has continued to support local Bay Area poets with a supportive, judgement-free space. Leadership was passed to Ana Delgadillo and co-host Keith Mark Gaboury in November 2020.

Poetry Connected hopes to create a spark and appetite for poetry, spoken word, and expression in the heart of the East Bay -- and light the world on fire with curiosity and hope.

• Monday Night Poetry - Casual gathering on Zoom to be CREATIVE and call upon your inner MUSE. We will provide a prompt to help get you started.

• On the last Monday of the month, we will have a workshop group instead of a prompt. You are welcomed to bring work from prompt nights or new work that you would like feedback on. This is a supportive group where we give each other CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Please leave all negativity outside and be respectful when giving feedback. It is the writer's choice to take the feedback given.

Due to Covid the following will be postponed until further notice.

Poetry in the Park — Words on the wind at a Contra Costa County park.

• Pop-up Poetry — Spoken words at random pop-up locations in the East Bay.

• aMUSEing — Write and share ekphrastic poetry inspired by art installations in the East Bay.

• Poetry Field trip — Let's go abroad and join other Meetups and Poetry enthusiasts throughout the Bay Area.

Upcoming events (3)

Monday Night Poetry Lounge

Online event

Come VIRTUALLY join us for a night of creativity and community, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to write, create, share, and mingle with other Bay Area poets.

Consider bringing your muse, ideas, and voice. Be heard, be seen, and have a mixed drink (that you made at home).

A prompt is offered for your muse to mull, and deep discussions connecting the day's thoughts.

Our schedule for the evening will be roughly:

6:00-6:15pm: Check-in and greetings.
6:15-6:45pm: Writing prompt and writing time.
6:45-7:30pm: Each poet shares one poem of their choice with the group and receives short, generalized feedback. This can be from the prompt, but does not have to be.
7:30-8:00pm: (Optional Google Doc share, Screen Share or read the poem aloud) Poets submit their piece based on the prompt to the group for positive feedback from group members. We'll focus on what lines stood out and what we liked. It's not mandatory to comment.

Poetry Connected's Personal Meeting Room

Please use POETRY all capitalized as the password if it is asked for.

Monday Night Poetry Workshop

Online event

Our schedule for the evening will be roughly:

6:00-6:15pm: Check-in and greetings.
6:15-6:20pm: Poets share their Google Drive links.
6:20-8:20pm: Workshop poems.

Workshop Guidelines
1) We start with positive comments (“what’s strong” and “what’s stays with me” are possible sentence starters) and then move on to constructive criticism.
2) We assume the poem is fictional unless the poet says otherwise.
3) The poet refrains from speaking when we’re workshopping their poem. Please let the poem speak for itself.
4) Along with verbal comments, poets are encouraged to type comments on the poem in the Google Doc after the poem is read aloud.
5) As we're workshopping a poem, the poet has the option to type a question(s) on the Google Doc. Attendees will then respond to this question.

Please bring one poem you would like to workshop that's a maximum length of 1.5 pages.

The link will be posted in the comments shortly before the event. If the link isn't working, you can join through this Meeting ID.
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Monday Night Poetry Lounge

Online event

Come VIRTUALLY join us for a night of creativity and community, and delve into the meaning of poetry! Expect a judgement-free, supportive space to write, create, share, and mingle with other Bay Area poets.

Consider bringing your muse, ideas, and voice. Be heard, be seen, and have a mixed drink (that you made at home).

A prompt is offered for your muse to mull, and deep discussions connecting the day's thoughts.

Our schedule for the evening will be roughly:

6:00-6:15pm: Check-in and greetings.
6:15-6:45pm: Writing prompt and writing time.
6:45-7:30pm: Each poet shares one poem of their choice with the group and receives short, generalized feedback. This can be from the prompt, but does not have to be.
7:30-8:00pm: (Optional Google Doc share, Screen Share or read the poem aloud) Poets submit their piece based on the prompt to the group for positive feedback from group members. We'll focus on what lines stood out and what we liked. It's not mandatory to comment.

Poetry Connected's Personal Meeting Room

Please use POETRY all capitalized as the password if it is asked for.

Past events (154)

Monday Night Open Mic (Audience)

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