Vertigo offers poetry for kids

Kelowna performance poet Cherie Hanson leads a children's poetry workshop at Gallery Vertigo Sunday, June 23.

  • Jun. 19, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Children will soon find out there’s more to children’s poetry than Dr. Seuss or Mother Goose at a poetry writing workshop for kids at Gallery Vertigo Sunday.

Instructed by Cherie Hanson, the workshop intends to lead students into a place of rich exploration by relaxing them and bringing out the knowing child who instantly understands that words are play.

Hanson holds a master’s in contemporary poetry from UBC’s Vancouver campus and has completed a year of studies toward her master’s in creative writing poetry.

Based in Kelowna, she has studied with Robert Huff, Betsy Warland (head of Simon Fraser’s creative writing program), Tracie Morris (a renowned performance poet), Knute Skinner, and Sarah Veglahn (author of four volumes of poetry).

Her poems have been published in anthologies along with poets Ann Waldman (chairman Naropa Summer Writing Program), Kenneth Goldsmith (poet in residence at the New York Museum of Modern Art), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), and Sheri-D Wilson among others.

Sunday’s family drop-in at Vertigo runs from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is by donation. The gallery is located at #1-3001 31st St. upstairs from Krause Jewellers.