April 25 – 27, 2003

           Held at the Ramada Inn, Modesto.

With Registration from 3 to 5 pm on Friday afternoon, guests will be feted at a Welcome Reception Buffet from 5 to 7. The Opening Program will begin at 7 pm with introductions and a welcome by a city representative.

Opportunity for Read-Arounds will conclude the evening.

Events begin on Saturday at 9:15 am with options to attend sessions on topics ranging from on-line poetry to slam poetry, haiku to limericks, the California Quarterly to teaching poetry to young people.

The Poets Luncheon will provide an opportunity to get "close-up and personal" with one of the various presenters of the day: one or two will be seated at each table, so that participants will be able to ask questions, gather more ideas, and pick up another suggestion or two. The afternoon will include more fun workshops, and the Junior-Senior Awards presentation. The Children’s Poetry Fair will continue throughout the day in the lobby.

After dinner on your own, the evening will offer an editors’ round table, featuring editors of five different poetry magazines, followed by a workshop on how to master — and enjoy — French forms. Of course, another Read-Around will conclude the evening.

The annual membership meeting will begin at 9:15 Sunday morning, followed by a playful workshop on short forms.

A performance by a local group of poets, The Licensed Fools, will begin the afternoon, followed by the Adult Contest Awards and readings.

A no-host reception and silent auction from 6:30 to 7 pm will lead into the Golden Pegasus Banquet from 7 to 9:30 pm. Guest speaker for this event will be Susan Wooldridge, author of the highly-acclaimed Poem Crazy.

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