**To kick off the writing sessions, there will be a poetry reading at Montclair on June 28 at 6 PM, which will feature Grace Marie Grafton, Rafael Jesus Gonzalez and Sheryl Bize-Boutte as well as two other local poets, John Rowe and Mary Mackey.**
Come take a break from the demanding news of the day with The Poetry of the Senses, a series of six creative writing sessions at Montclair Branch Library.
Sessions will be led by Grace Grafton. Grace is a published poet, longtime teacher with CA Poets in the Schools, author of LENS (Poems to CA Art) and six earlier books of poems. Presenters will also include Rafael Jesus Gonzalez, first Poet Laureate for City of Berkeley, and Sheryl Bize-Boutte, co-author of No Poetry No Peace.
Each session will focus on finding inspiration from one of the senses, such as by viewing touching and tasting a blackberry, examining and smelling a lavender flower, looking at a painting, or visiting the library’s garden under the blue sky in the wind.
Sessions will consist of inspiration time (model poem, discussion, sense experience), writing time, and sharing time.