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April 14, 10AM-4PM

In honor of National Poetry Month, spend a day honoring the poet within you with award-winning writer, editor, and writing coach, Steve Peha. The day will be filled with fun, fast-paced activities everyone can use to explore interesting techniques, new subject matter, and uncommon wonders of language.

This workshop is based on Steve’s forthcoming book of the same name, written with co-author and celebrated spoken word poet, Will McInerney. Steve will teach. But he will also learn from you as everyone writes together in the classic workshop style. Bring your own poetry to read if you like. Bring a favorite poem of someone else’s. Bring an open heart, a curious mind, and the natural creative spirit that exists in all of us. Move yourself and your poetry forward in ways that matter to you, to your readers, and to the world.

When the workshop ends, your opportunity for additional one-on-one time with Steve begins at McIntyre’s new free monthly offering: “Office Hours with Writing Coaches in Big Comfy Chairs by the Fire” where Steve and his wife, Margot Carmichael Lester, writer, writing coach, and Founder of The Word Factory, will be available in the McIntyre's Literature Room from 2PM to 5PM on the first Wednesday of every month (3/6, 4/10, 5/8, etc.) Steve will also be happy to support you in your work via email as well. He invites you to contact him at with any questions you may have about this workshop.

Steve Peha is an award-winning writer, editor, and writing coach. He has worked closely with writers of all kinds for over 25 years. While studying English at Boston University in the mid-1980s, Steve had the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest poets of our age: Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott, and Robert Pinsky, as well as top literary critics like Helen Vendler and Sir Christopher Ricks, described by W. H. Auden as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding".

With regard to contemporary popular verse, Steve has written hundreds of songs in styles ranging from jazz to rock to country to arrangements of classics for barbershop quartet. His album, Winnebago Weekend, (Velvetone Records, 1986), a collection of quirky comedy tunes about the RV lifestyle received faint praise from American novelty music icon, Tom Lehrer, who told him that “These are almost as good as some of the worst songs I’ve written.” If you’re curious about Steve and his work, he invites you to contact him by email at

Class will meet in the Library Conference Room above McIntyre's Books, and a break will be provided for lunch.

The fine print: This event is not refundable, but if your plans have changed, please feel free to send a lucky friend in your place!  Just send us an email with their name or have them bring your confirmation email.

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