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CANCELLED: New Poems for a New Decade with Dinah Berland

Sunday, July 12, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

The City of Santa Monica has extended our local emergency and all orders until April 30. We care about your health and safety, and we are working closely with the LA County Department of Public Safety to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Given the “Stay at Home” orders from California Governor Gavin Newsom, the City of Santa Monica is cancelling ALL Camera Obscura workshops, all public events and extending facility closures through April 30. This means that all closures, including City Hall and City facilities (including beach parking closures and impacts on City services) are effective until April 30. For questions, please email For a full list of closures, cancellations and service changes, visit
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Sundays 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7, 6/28 & 7/12.
2-4 pm
Cost: $90 - $20 drop-in fee available.

This class meets for six Sundays 4/26, 5/10, 5/24, 6/7, 6/28 & 7/12. The Camera Obscura Poetry Workshop with Dinah Berland is now in its fourth year at the Art Lab. What a better way to start off the new decade than to write some new poems? Members of the class will meet for six sessions on Sunday afternoons to read poetry by a diverse selection of master poets, analyze the work to see how it was made, write new poems in response to prompts in class, and practice polishing their own drafts. Poets at all levels are invited join, or rejoin, the ongoing band of Camera Obscura Poets and let the new poems emerge!

Dinah Berland is a widely published poet with a background in art. She is the winner of the 2019 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest for her chapbook, 'Fugue for a New Life.' Her poems have appeared in more than two dozen journals, including The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, New Letters, and Ploughshares. 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 in spring 2017 was Writer in Residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

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