Intro to Poetry

Join us on this deep yet highly accessible dive into the world of poetry. This class will serve as an introduction to both modern AND ancient poetry, and the enduring connection of words; to include moderate writing generation and light feedback (if desired.) Longtime poet and teacher Paul Corman-Roberts will lecture, and facilitate discussion, space and constructive feedback leading up to the development of initial works, responses and even light portfolios if desired.
Class facilitator Paul Corman-Roberts holds a double Masters (MA/MFA) in Poetics from the notorious New College of California. A student of legendary poets David Meltzer, Genevieve Lim, Gloria Frym and Neeli Cherkovski, he is the author of “Bone Moon Palace” from Black Lawrence Press (2021), “The Sincere” from Libran Apocalypse Books (2022) as well as dozens of appearances in publications and anthologies such as The Rumpus, Great Weather for Media, Colossus: Body, Dispatches from Quarantine, The Town, The Racket SF, The San Franciscan, Poetry Flash, the SF Chronicle and Quiet Lightning. He is co-founder and co-director of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland CA.


October 07, 2023 - November 11, 2023


11:00 am - 2:00 pm




Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Center
50 Scott Street, San Francisco
Paul Corman-Roberts


Paul Corman-Roberts

Paul Corman-Roberts has coached many successful poets to publication, from chapbooks to singular poems to full-length collections. He is the author of four chapbooks and two full-length collections of prose poetry, including Bone Moon Palace from Nomadic Press in 2020. He is a four-time nominee for Pushcart, Best of the Web, and Northern California Book Award. He is an MA/MFA Graduate of the New College of California Poetics program where he studied with David Meltzer, Genny Lim, and Neeli Cherkovski. In addition to teaching at SF Creative Writing Institute, he also teaches workshops for the Older Writer’s Lab at the San Francisco Public Library and works in the Oakland Unified School District. He was a founder of the Beast Crawl Literary Festival in Oakland, California.