Thompson Peak Writers host May 7 workshop with Laura Gularte

El Dorado County Poet Laureate Lara Gularte.

Lara Gularte, the poet laureate of El Dorado County reads with Thompson Peak Writers Workshop coordinator Diana Henning Saturday, May 6 at the Plumas Arts Gallery, 525 Main St, in Quincy. Admission is $3 per person.
​For more information, call 283-3402.

The next day, Gularte presents an informational 90-minute workshop a Henning’s Janesville home from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7. The workshop is open to all writers in the area as well as those interested in the environment. For directions or more information, call 253-3303.

According to a statement from the writer’s group, Gularte plans to present the workshop with handouts of poems perhaps with the theme of Henning’s poem “‘The Deep Ecology of the Earth and Us.”  The event includes poem prompts, a little writing and sharing and an opportunity to meet with other poets in our area.

Lara Gularte
Lara Gularte is El Dorado County Poet Laureate 2021-2023. Her book of poetry, “Fourth World Woman” was published by Finishing Line Press. “Kissing the Bee,” her book about her California Portuguese pioneer ancestors was published by The Bitter Oleander Press in 2018. Gularte earned an MFA degree from San Jose State University where she served as a poetry editor for Reed Magazine, and received the Anne Lillis Award for Creative Writing, along with several Phelan Awards. Nominated for some pushcart prizes, readers can find her work in national and international journals and anthologies.

She is affiliated with the Cigarros Colloquium: Azoreans Diaspora Writers, at the Portuguese Beyond Borders Institute, California State University-Fresno. In 2017 she was a member of a delegation of American poets who participated in the International Festival of Poetry in Havana Cuba. In her quest to give people voice through the written word for free expression and empowerment, she is a teaching artist of creative writing at Mule Creek State Prison and leads the workshops, Writing Our Words, at the Cameron Park Library, and Circle of Women Writers, at the Wellness Center in El Dorado County, California.

Dianna MacKinnon Henning

Dianna Henning

Dianna MacKinnon Henning has taught through California Poets in the Schools, received several California Arts Council grants and taught poetry workshops through the William James Association’s Prison Arts Program, including Folsom Prison. Recent publications include MacQueen’s Quinterly; Artemis Journal; Memoir Magazine; The Adirondack Review; The Plague Papers, edited by Robbi Nester; Pacific Poetry; New American Writing; The Moth, Ireland; Mojave River Review; the New Verse News; Sequestrum; VerseVirtual and Naugatuck River Review. Six-time Pushcart nominee. MFA in Writing ’89 from Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont. Henning’s fourth poetry book is “Camaraderie of the Marvelous,” published September 2021 through Kelsay Books. (Dianna’s latest nomination for a Pushcart was from the Adirondack Review 2021.)

She currently runs the Thompson Peak Writers’ Workshop which has been in operation for 27 years, and she is the founder of the workshop. She participated in “Poetry Out Loud” for Lassen County in California. She currently is working on a new manuscript entitled “Rucksacks for the Leaf Cat.”  Henning says, “Poetry is voice celebrating spirit.” Her website is diannahenning.com.