Celebrating Poetry Month in April: Charles P. Rogers & Company and Writopia Lab Host Young Writers’ Poetry Workshop

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On April 10, 2011, Charles P. Rogers & Company and Writopia Lab will help young writers celebrate National Poetry Month. Rogers’ will once again partner with Writopia Lab, a national non-profit organization based in Manhattan focused on creating and sustaining a diverse community of young writers who find commonalities in a shared passion for ideas and expression that may not be available to them at school. They will host a young writers’ poetry workshop in the company’s Flat Iron District showroom.

On April 10, 2011, Charles P. Rogers & Company and Writopia Lab will help young writers celebrate National Poetry Month. Rogers’ will once again partner with Writopia Lab, a national non-profit organization based in Manhattan focused on creating and sustaining a diverse community of young writers who find commonalities in a shared passion for ideas and expression that may not be available to them at school. They will host a young writers’ poetry workshop in the company’s Flat Iron District showroom.

“We are glad to continue our partnership with Writopia,” explains Linda Klein, President of Charles P. Rogers. “As a parent, I support and appreciate their efforts to not only teach and expose kids to writing, but to truly tap into their potential and help them become the best writers they can be. We greatly appreciate the ability to help foster that potential and are excited to see the new inspiration come through the poetry writing exercises.”

This collaboration between Charles P. Rogers, maker of fine beds and bedding, and Writopia launched in October 2010 with the inaugural event “Ready. Set. Write.” The workshop offered a one-day creative writing Scholastic Submission Prep workshop. As April is National Poetry Month, this second workshop “Ready, Set, Write: The Poetry Edition Workshop” will again serve as an opportunity for young writers ages 8-18, but will focus on the creativity and unique form of self-expression that comes with poetry writing. Students will enjoy the opportunity to sit on a Charles P. Rogers bed – be it an iron, leather, wooden or platform bed – while they write. Exclaimed one student about participating in October’s event, “It’s…a community of people just really loving to write and loving each other's writing…we do a lot great stuff including sitting on beds!”

The one-day workshop to be held on Sunday, April 10th beginning at noon at the Rogers showroom at 55 West 17th Street in Manhattan, will host approximately 40 students from both public and private schools around the city. The students will be broken into smaller groups, lead by a published poets (bios below) and Writopia trained team leader who will guide them through a three hour intensive writing workshop. The event will conclude with a reading session with parents. Additionally, students will receive submission information regarding various national poetry contests occurring throughout the year.

Meet the Poets

Paul Legault's poems have been published or are forthcoming inThe Awl, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, and others. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010) and The Other Poems, which is forthcoming this fall from Fence Books. He co-edits the translation press Telephone Books and works at the Academy of American Poets.

Christie Ann Reynolds was the 2003 recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Award, chosen by Stephen Dunn and the winner of the 2008 New School Chapbook Competition, chosen by Brenda Shaughnessy. She is the author of three chapbooks: Revenge Poems (Supermachine 2010), Girl Boy Girl Boy (The Corresponding Society at Pratt 2010) and idiot heart (The New School 2008.) Christie Ann teaches at Hofstra University and her poems and essays can be read or are forthcoming in Barrelhouse, The Houston Literary Review, BlazeVox, EOAGH, Sink Review, Coldfront Review, La Petite Zine and others.

Stalley, a hip-hop artist who has played alongside heavyweights KRS-One, Ghostface Killah, Styles P., Method Man & Redman, Freeway, Camp Lo, Jay Electronica, and Mos Def. After an injury cut short his college basketball scholarship days, Stalley gave in to his longtime passion for writing. "I guess it started off as poetry at first because it was just me writing lyrics and letting all my feelings and thoughts onto a piece of paper." His music is on MTV2, MTV Jams, VH1 Soul, mtvU, and HavocTV. He has become a mentor to poets and aspiring rappers at Writopia Lab.

Steven Karl is the author of the chapbooks, emissions/ of (H_NGM_N, 2011), (Ir)Rational Animals (Flying Guillotine Press, 2010) and with the artist, Joseph Lappie, State(s) of Flux (Peptic Robot Press, 2009). He also teaches writing and literature at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY.

Writopia Lab recently received a generous grant from David Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, to add to the corporate sponsorship with Charles P. Rogers. “We are so thrilled and humbled to be supported by these companies and feel confident that our growth and programs will continue for years to come,” explains Rebecca Wallace-Segell, Writopia Founder and Program Director.
Charles P. Rogers is America's oldest source for beds, including brass, wood, leather and iron beds, sleigh beds, daybeds, trundle beds, canopy and platform beds, plus elegant bedding made of Egyptian cotton & European linen. The legendary New York-based bed maker sells to consumers around the country through their web site http://www.charlesprogers.com

Writopia Lab is a New York City-based national community of young writers, ages 8-18. If you love the idea of developing your first short story or memoir, or if you are already a prolific writer who is thrilled by the idea of polishing exceptional short stories, journalistic pieces, personal essays, poetry, and dramatic or comedic scripts, join our year-round after- school, weekend, and school-break intensive creative writing workshops. For more information, visit http://www.writopialab.org.

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