MRAC Poetry Workshop

Poetry Workshop hosted by David P. Kozinski

with guest tutors Dan Maguire and Patti Allis Mengers.

Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center (MRAC)

419 Green Lane (rear), Philadelphia , PA 19128

contact: David Kozinski via

or 302-764-1291

Saturday 1:30 – 4:00 P.M.  on the dates listed below   Adult participants need to pre-submit three or four poems that they would like to present  for discussion and critique.

1st session: Saturday September 15th (2012) The instructor (and volunteers) will read a few examples of poems from handouts that lend themselves to reading aloud.  Each participant will present one poem chosen by instructor to the group. Roundtable discussion of each, with emphasis on improving work for presentation to an audience, i.e., the “music” of language. Homework: revise poem worked on in session #1; revise another pre-submitted poem for session #2; work on something new with class discussion in mind.
2nd session: Saturday September 22nd Guest tutor, poet Dan Maguire. Discussion of live presentation of one’s poetry and strategies for publication. Reading of revised poems from previous session and/or revised pre-submitted 2nd poem. Critique. Homework: continued revision of pre-submitted poems and new poem.
3rd session: Saturday September 29th Guest tutor, actress/director/speech coach Patti Allis Mengers. Commentary on presentation. Participants read revised poems from the lectern with critique led by Ms. Mengers. Homework: Finish first draft of new poem.   Optional 4th session: Saturday October 13th  If most participants desire a fourth, review session, it would be scheduled for this date. Bring copies of the new poem for the group and plan to present three poems from the lectern for critique, with emphasis on techniques discussed in previous sessions.
Workshop participants are invited to present their work at a public reading at MRAC: date TBA. 
Cost:  For MRAC non-members: $50 prepaid for all  three sessions or  $20 each if paid for individually. For MRAC members:  $40 prepaid for three sessions or $15 per if paid individually. Proceeds benefit MRAC, a non-profit arts organization.
Materials needed: Participants would need to be able to pre-submit poems by e-mail (preferably), at least two weeks in advance and be able to bring adequate copies of the submitted poems to hand out to all classmates; notebook and something to write with. To register: Workshop limited to twelve participants.  
Dan Maguire has led poetry workshops through the Gloucester City (NJ) Adult Education Program, and the 2 Rivers Writers group. He led one of the sessions at the first joint-workshop for disabled and non-disabled poets, held at Inglis House in Philadelphia , and has also led workshops for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and the Philadelphia Writers Conference, twice. Dan has read at the Library of Congress and been published locally and nationally. His work has been favorably reviewed by such poets as Robert Bly and Gerald Stern. He has twice been awarded first prize for poetry at the Philadelphia Writer’s Conference and has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes. In 2009, he won the Almeda Boulton Memorial Award from the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. He is currently teaching courses in poetry, short-story writing, and great works in literature for the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame University of  Baltimore. His first volume of poetry, Somewhere Between, was published by Brief Candle Press, through a grant from the English Speaking Union . His latest publication is a chapbook, Finding the Words, was published by Plan B Press.

Patti Allis Mengers is a graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where she majored in speech and hearing therapy and minored in drama.  She has managed to use all these skills for nearly 40 years both in her work as a newspaper reporter and as an actress, director, playwright and acting coach in community and semi-professional theater. She most recently directed “Herbal Tea” for Players Club of Swarthmore’s New Plays Festival and  was an acting coach and director for the Arden  Shakespeare Gild’s Young Actors Workshop in Delaware.  She has worked at many theaters in the Greater Philadelphia area including Hedgerow, Plays and Players of Philadelphia , Villanova University , Penn State University (Ogontz) and Wilmington Drama League.  Patti has special insight into the inner workings of the poetic mind via her husband of 10 years, award-winning poet and artist David Paul Kozinski.

 David P. Kozinski was the featured poet in the Spring 2012 issue of Schuylkill Valley Journal. He won the 7th annual Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, which included publication of his chapbook, Loopholes, published by The Broadkill Press. More than 100 of his poems have appeared in ConfrontationThe Chiron ReviewFox Chase Reviewglimmertrain.comMad Poets Review, andMargie, among others. Kozinski has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice and received the Dr. Eugene J. Szatkowski Achievement Award from the Americans of Polish Descent Cultural Society in 2007. He was selected by Robert Bly for a workshop sponsored by The American Poetry Review.  He was a finalist for the Marjorie J. Wilson Award and received first prize in the California Writers’ Roundtable Poetry Contest. In addition to being a featured poet in various venues in Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, Kozinski has read his poems in conjunction with exhibits of his abstract artwork at the Community Art Center in Wallingford, PA, at Rose Tree Holistic Health Center near Media, and at MRAC. He has taught classes in poetry for 5th and 6th grade students at schools in Pennsylvania and Delaware . In 2012 he received a scholarship from the Mad Poets Society to attend the Philadelphia Writers Conference.  


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