November 25th, 2007

Egrets Reading

LosCon Poetry

Kendall Evans, Samantha Henderson, and Carolyn Clink after the poetry workshop

The LosCon poetry workshop and reading went well. We had eight participants - samhenderson, Nancy Taylor, Kendall Evans, Greg Stewart, Carolyn Clink, Alasdair Mackintosh, Christina Paige, and myself.

We started off with a haiku exercise and then did some prompt work. Samantha had made four stacks of index cards:

archeological tools (keeping with the convention theme of "The Big Dig")
places in the universe which are not planets
historical people who may or may not exist
interesting places which may or may not exist

Each person was given two cards and given 15 minutes to write a poem inspired by the juxtaposition of the two prompts.

I ended up with "Camelot" and "Sawney Bean (cannibalistic Scotsman)" which inspired a tongue-in-cheek cannibalistic poem about Camelot.

We finished up the afternoon session with a poetry read-around. Afterwards the people from the Eaton Collection of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror at UC Riverside had a session in the same room. Sam and I spoke with them a little bit about the upcoming Eaton Conference next May. They are very excited about the upcoming transfer of the SFPA archives. The ceremony and poetry reading are penciled in for Sunday morning of the Eaton Conference from 10:30 to 12:00 on May 18, 2008.

Afterwards, Kendall, Carolyn, samhenderson and I hung out for a while, had dinner (or tea) and a fun conversation revolving around poetry.

We were accosted by fans leaving the restaurant.