West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Jen Cheng will end 2023 and greet 2024 with Feng Shui Poetry: A Writing Workshop event on Saturday, December 30, 2023, 10:30am-12:30pm, at the West Hollywood Library Community Meeting Room, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
Write poetry with a new perspective through a lens of Feng Shui principles. What we have to say can go through a lens of feelings or themes to help it be more powerful. We can transform quiet whispers into something more clear or feelings into something actionable through a lens of Feng Shui principles. The five elements – Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood – are a way to meditate on your message. This writing workshop is for adults. No experience needed. Come with curiosity.
RSVPs are required: https://visit.lacountylibrary.org/event/9389597
West Hollywood’s City Poet Laureate highlights the City of West Hollywood through the literary arts and, over a period of time, creates a new body of literary work that commemorates the diversity and vibrancy of the City. They serve as an official ambassador of West Hollywood’s vibrant literary culture, promoting poetry in West Hollywood, stimulating the transformative impact of poetry in the local community, and creating excitement about the written word.
Jen Cheng, the fifth West Hollywood City Poet Laureate, will serve from October 2023 – October 2026.
Since 2019, Jen Cheng has been writing poems for West Hollywood neighbors and visitors during WeHo Pride as a member of Pride Poets and as a typewriter poet with arts and community events around the Los Angeles area. With roots in social justice activism, Jen has been a performance poet and local cultural events producer. She recently produced two WeHo Pride 2023 events to celebrate stories from LGBTQ Elders with new souvenirs of poetry, building community bonds with intergenerational connection between older adults and younger poets. She is a 2023 California Arts Council Fellow.
Jen’s work and poetry has been showcased with the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Reads series, VCP Socal, and Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station bG Gallery. During the social isolation of 2020, Jen wrote dog poems for many West Hollywood neighbors and hosted a virtual party to bring humor to spread cheer for dog lovers. As a culture creator, Jen blends her East-West perspectives into a new form, Feng Shui Poetry, infusing five element wellness concepts into poetry. Her upcoming book, Braided Spaces, has themes of immigrant displacement, critical race feminism, and queer musings by a Chinese-American eldest daughter. Jen’s interviews and poems can be found in outlets such as the Beverly Press, Queer Slam, and on KPFK’s Poets Cafe.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s City Poet Laureate program, please contact Mike Che, Arts Coordinator, at [email protected].