The Poetry Repair Shop:
Begun in 2016 and taught jointly by Andrea Hollander and John Brehm, this hands-on fix-it workshop is designed for a limit of eight poets, each of whom brings a troubled poem-in-progress to the session, held in Portland, Oregon, most often on a Saturday. Each session is self-contained, runs from 9:00 a.m. till 12:30 p.m., and costs $75. This workshop fills quickly; to add your name to the list of potential participants, email Andrea in order to be notified when the next session is scheduled.
The Ambassador Writing Seminars:
Begun in 2017, these 6-, 8-, or 10-week series of writing seminars in poetry or the personal essay are held weekly for 3 hours per session and take place in Andrea's home. The seminars focus on craft concepts or techniques and are limited to six participants per series. If you live in the Portland, Oregon, area and are interested in being on the email list of notification of future series, please contact Andrea.
Mentorships and Critiques:
Since 1993, Andrea has worked with writers individually through specially designed mentorships that focus on a writer's particular needs and for the duration most suitable to him or her. Meetings take place via phone, Skype, FaceTime, or, if the writer lives in Portland, Oregon, in-person at Andrea's home. She also critiques individual poems, essays, and collections. For more information, email Andrea.
RECENT AND FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Tuesday, July 30 (7:00 p.m.)
Barnes & Noble, 7700 NE Fourth Plain Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington, presents Andrea Hollander and Carlos Reyes reading from their latest books. For more information, call the store at 360-253-9007.
Thursdays, September 5 - October 31 (no seminar on October 17)
The focus of this 8-week series of the Ambassador Writing Seminars is an intensive in poetry to be held in the Portland, Oregon, home of Andrea Hollander. Different from a workshop, the seminar is a deep exploration and discussion of concepts and techniques. Each week participants explore a single concept or technique through masterful examples provided in the poems of others with the aim of improving their own work. The seminar is limited to six participants and costs $405 (includes all handouts). [NOTE: This semnar filled before I had a chance to advertise. If you're interested in being on the waiting list--or learning about future offerings, please email me.]
Sunday, September 15 (4:00 p.m.)
Andrea will read with poets Lynne Thompson and Susan Terris at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Boulevard, Corte Madera, California. For more information, contact the store at (415) 927-0960, or click here.
Thursday, September 26 (7 - 8 p.m.)
Andrea will join poets Chrys Tobey and Paulann Petersen, sharing recent work, at Another Read Through, 3932 N Mississippi Avenue, Portland, Oregon. For more information, contact the store's website here.
Sunday, September 29 (4 - 6 p.m.)
The Clay Street Table presents Poets at the Table, a late afternoon drinks-and-hors d'oeuvres event featuring John Brehm, Andrea Hollander, and Paulann Petersen, who will present brief readings of their work followed by a public discussion, Why Poetry? This fundraiser, which will take place at the Buchan Room of First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, supports the work by this organization that feeds thousands of meals to the hungry each year. For information or to purchase a $25 ticket, contact Paul Davis here.
Tuesday, October 15 (7:00 p.m.)
Andrea will give a free reading with Megan Blankenship at The Bon Ton, 209 S. Peabody Street, Mountain View, Arkansas. Andrea lived in this town for more than three decades and looks forward to sharing her work with friends, old and new, at this very venue where she gave a reading of her early poems in 1988. For more information, contact Gene Dunaway here.
Thursday, October 17, (7:00 p.m.)
Andrea will return to Lyon College, where she served as the Writer-in-Residence for more than 22 years, for a free reading from her latest collection in the elegant Bevens Music Room (adjacent to Brown Chapel), 2300 Highland Road, Batesville, Arkansas. For more information, email Andrea.
Friday, October 18 (7:00 p.m.)
The Writers Place, 31 West 31st Street, Kansas City, Missouri, presents poets Andrea Hollander, Leanna Petronella, and Heidi Czerwiec reading from recent work. For more information, call (816) 281-8311 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, October 19, 2019 (10 a.m. - 4 p.m. including a 1-hour lunch break)
Andrea will teach a one-day seminar, The Poem as Journey, at The Writers Place (inside the Nonprofit Village), 31 West 31st Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Seminar Description: A good poem takes the reader on a journey whose destination is unpredictable yet satisfyingly inevitable. Such a journey may feel physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, or some combination of these. Ineffective poems fail to take the reader anywhere—they begin and end in the same place. Or they exist entirely in the mind of the poet or speaker. Nor is the best path the straightest (think interstate highway versus scenic drive). During this one-day seminar, open to poets at all levels of experience, we will examine a series of masterful poems in order to uncover techniques participants can employ in their own work, and we'll examine participants' in-progress work with an eye toward enriching the journey. Cost: $100. Limited to 15 participants. For more information and/or to register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (816) 281-8311.
EVENTS IN 2020
Wednesdays, January 8 - February 26 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
The focus of this 8-week series of Ambassador Writing Seminars—Poetry Essentials—is an intensive in poetry to be held in the Portland, Oregon home of Andrea Hollander. Different from a workshop, the seminar is a deep exploration and discussion of concepts and techniques. There is a limit of six participants. Cost = $395 (includes handouts). For more information, email Andrea.
Thursdays, January 9 - February 27 (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
This 8-week series of Ambassador Writing Seminars—Beyond the Essentials—is an intensive in poetry to be held in the Portland, Oregon home of Andrea Hollander. Like the other seminars led by Andrea, this is a deep exploration and discussion of concepts and techniques, and it focuses not only on the masterful poems of others, but also on participants' own poems-in-progress. The seminar is limited to six participants who have taken Poetry Essentials. The cost of $435 includes a one-on-one hour private mentoring session with Andrea. For more information, email Andrea.
Saturday, May 2 (4:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
First Saturday Poetry Series presents Andrea Hollander and Connie Zumpf reading from their latest poetry collections. Mingling begins at 4:30, the readings at 5:30. Location: BookBar, 4280 Tennyson Street, Denver, Colorado 80212. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact organizer Joe Hutchison here.
Sunday, May 31 (4:30 - 6:00 p.m.)
The River Road Reading Series presents Andrea Hollander, Paulann Petersen, and Lex Runciman, River Road Park Annex, 1055 River Road, Eugene, Oregon. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. For more information, contact organizer Joan Dobbie here.
EVENTS IN 2021
Thursday, July 8 (7 - 8 p.m.)
Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic Features Andrea Hollander at Angst Gallery, 1015 Main Street, Vancouver, Washington. Food and libation provided by Niche Wine Bar. $5 Suggested donation. Open mic sign up begins at 6:30 and closes at 7:00. For more information, contact host Christopher Luna of Printed Matter Vancouver here.