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Santa Monica Offers Literary Events Starting This Month
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By Lookout Staff

December 1, 2016 -- If you enjoy the art of poetry or have a novel that needs polishing, Santa Monica is offering several events of interest starting this month.

The Annenberg Community Beach House and the Camera Obscura Art Lab will hold a variety of literary-themed programs led by three establihed writters from December through May, City officials announced this week.

Brendan Constantine and Dinah Berland will offer poetry writing classes at the Camera Obscura Art Lab, and novelist Jennifer Caloyeras will lead post-NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) workshops on marketing and revising fiction.

Berland, who is the incoming Writer-in-Residence at the Beach House will focus "on the idea of 'Poetry and the Art of Listening,' and will be presenting monthly public events at the Beach House under this theme," event organizers said.

During her residency between January 1 and March, she will a chapbook of poems titled "Fugue for a New Life," organizers said.

A widely published poet, Berland also will lead an ongoing workshop at the Camera Obscura, hold weekly public office hours at the Beach House on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and regularly update her blog at

"The public is welcome to visit Berland during her office hours to discuss literary matters and the residency experience, or check out the blog to ask questions or leave comments online," organizers said.

Berland's work has appeared in more than two dozen journals, including the widely regarded The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters and Ploughshares, and been included in numerous anthologies.

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, received an Individual Artist’s Fellowship in Poetry from the California Arts Council and won an international poetry prize from the Atlanta Review.

Her book Hours of Devotion (Schocken, 2007) is a verse adaptation of the first (1855) full-length book of Jewish prayers "written by a woman for women," organizers said.

For moore information on cultural events at the Annenberg Community Beach House lick here and for events at the Camera Obscura Art Lab click here

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