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Want to become a better poet?

It’s not just reading, writing, and workshops that make a difference. After working with the DMQ Review as an editor for the past 10 years, I have to say that the experience of reading poetry submissions and bringing them together in a publication is another invaluable tool for your poet’s toolbox. The following announcement sounds like a terrific opportunity for anyone who can attend; online options available. Yes, it’s a class offered through De Anza, but YES it’s a chance to work closely with master poet Ken Weisner. You gain  invaluable experience and course units. It’s not that big of a deal to enroll. Check it out:

 Attention poets, writers, editors, dreamers—beginning or advanced!  Students needed for our EWRT 65 De Anza class to help edit the 2014 national edition of Red Wheelbarrow. Sign up as soon as Monday, December 18th to ensure the program isn’t canceled. Tell your students and friends. Much of the course is online where we post and discuss submissions of writers from all around the country, but we also meet Monday afternoons at 4:00 on campus to discuss the better material further and vote. Some “all online” participation options; contact instructor Ken Weisner at for information about that. Students focus on whatever they wish — choose your specialty.  Discuss great fresh new works of literature, get credit for it— and no tests, quizzes or papers. What could be better than that? And then we make a book together. Lots of opportunity to learn about writing, editing, book design, and publishing in this class. Contact Ken with further questions.

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Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate (2011-2013)


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Workshop announcement: Lisbon, Portugal July 2014


Here I am mixing it up in Lisbon with none other than Fernando Pessoa himself back in 2011 when I led a workshop there with Disquiet International Literary Program. Fernando and I were discussing the problem of heteronyms while awaiting our afternoon coffee.

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be returning to Lisbon (and Fernando!) this summer to teach another workshop and am looking for writers who might be interested in an international literary experience, one you will never forget. That’s not because of the workshop I’m leading, but because of this fantastic program and group of writers. Disquiet offers a rich literary and cultural experience. You will fall in love with Lisbon.

I can once again offer a tuition discount to people who want to work with me, so do contact me for details at

In the meantime I’m mulling over a heteronym. It feels about time for a new me.

Sally Ashton
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate

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