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Introducing EL CERRITO POET LAUREATE dani Gabriel

photo of Dani GabrielEl Cerrito resident Danielle (Dani) Gabriel was selected to serve as the City's second Poet Laureate (2018-2020). Dani Gabriel is a poet and writer, the author of “The Woman You Write Poems About” (Civil Defense Press) and coauthor of “Molotov Mouths” (Manic D Press), as well as a manuscript in progress called “Low Rent Prophet.” Her work centers around an obsession with possibility: the possibility that we can heal the world, the possibility that we can heal ourselves. She looks at themes of queerness, faith, trauma, justice, and family with curiosity and depth. She is a postulant for the Diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of California, aspiring to ordination and service in the church and community. She works as a grant writer and writing teacher throughout the Bay Area. She is the parent of two amazing pre-teens and the partner of a fantastic cook, electrician, and human being. She is currently writing and organizing for radical change large and small.

Visit Dani’s website to learn more about her work.

Poet Laureate Events

Poetry Writing WOrkshop

Join an evening of talking, reading, and writing your own poetry. All ages encouraged to participate; no experience necessary. There will be an opportunity to perform at the end of the workshop.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
6 pm

Housing and Home: A community art-based inquiry

Come explore feelings and thoughts about home through making art!

El Cerrito's Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel will join in this community gathering that will ask questions about what home means to each of us individually and for all El Cerritans. Reflection will include conversation and art-making (individual and group pieces). Dani has been asking El Cerritans questions about home and place for a city-wide poem that she's creating.

Saturday, April 20, 2019
El Cerrito Community Center (7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito)
10:00 am - 12:00 pm. Free
All ages are welcome

Writing Workshops

Join El Cerrito Library and Poet Laureate Dani Gabriel for monthly poetry writing workshops, where you'll have the space, and time, to write.
These drop-in workshops will allow you to explore your creative writing side with writing prompts, free writes, and voluntary sharing, with feedback from your peers. Haiku, epic, ode, slam poetry, sonnets, anything and everything poetry open for you to explore. Everyone has a story, so write yours, poetry-style.

Wednesday, July 17 and Wednesday, August 14, 2019
El Cerrito Library (6510 Stockton Ave, El Cerrito)
5:00 pm. Free
High School (Grades 9-12), Adults (18+)

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