The Work Poetry Writing Workshop with Christopher Luna Continues on Zoom This Fall

The Work Hughes Cummings Stein

NOTE: Due to restrictions aimed at keeping us safe from the COVID-19, The Work will continue as a remote workshop via Zoom. Please email Christopher Luna at by midnight the night before each workshop to RSVP if you would like to participate. Also, please share this event with others who might be interested.

The cost for the workshop is a suggested donation of $20 to Christopher Luna’s PayPal account: “Suggested” means that we would like for you to join us regardless of whether or not you can afford it right now.

Allen with quotation by Jim Johnson 1965


Join us on the second and fourth Monday of every month for The Work.

The Work is a drop-in poetry writing workshop for beginners as well as more experienced writers. Poetry encourages empathy and compassion, and sparks the shifts in consciousness which can lead to healing, personal growth, and an interest in fighting for progressive social change. We will read and discuss poetry, write several new poems, and give each writer feedback on at least one of the drafts composed during the workshop.

$20 suggested donation; no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Bring a poem to share as a way of saying hello.

Shareable snacks are also welcome and very much appreciated.

The Monday Night Edition of The Work takes place from 6-8:30 pm on the second and fourth Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted. These workshops will take place on Zoom until it is safe to do so again in person.

Upcoming Monday night workshops will take place on September 28, October 12 & 26, November 9 & 23, and December 14 & 28.

The Work Maya Angelou July 2020


The Work also takes place from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of every month, unless otherwise noted. Upcoming Saturday afternoon workshops will take place on September 12, October 10, November 14, and December 12. These workshops will take place on Zoom until it is safe to do so again in person.

Christopher Luna encourages you to support Niche Wine Bar, which has provided a home for his poetry and memoir workshops, Ghost Town Poetry Open Mic, and other events for many years. Niche is currently open for both dine-in and takeout service: 

If you are looking for writing coaching, editing/manuscript review, or information about poetry and memoir classes, send Christopher an email via

Annie Bloom’s Books Presents Joann Boswell, Christopher Luna & Rebecca Smolen August 20, 2020

Annie Bloom’s welcomes local poets Joann Boswell, Christopher Luna and Rebecca Smolen for a livestream reading from their latest collections. Register here:

Boswell Luna Smolen

What if Mary wasn’t really a virgin? Could Jesus be an alien from another planet? How do we know we’re not all living inside of God? Poet and photographer Joann Renee Boswell invites us to travel with her into an encounter with the inconvenient complexities of earth-life and outer space, politics and religion, Bigfoot, feminism, Santa Claus, and spirituality––all tucked inside the Cosmic Pockets of life. Simultaneously whimsical and serious, Cosmic Pockets traces Joann’s personal journey out of evangelical Christianity and into an evolving understanding of faith––what if the universe is out to help us? Into motherhood––do my children exist when I’m not there? And into love––do I have a superpower? Unflinchingly honest and delightfully conflicted, the dense narrative of Cosmic Pockets will complicate your understanding of what the world is and gift you with narrow glimpses of what might be.

“How many Christopher Lunas are there? The bard, the community dynamo, the scholar, the compassionate one, the jazz quartet, the father & lover, the world of a man: all and more are speaking in this book. So many perspectives to experience here, so much to learn about literature, attitude, action and beauty. The maestro of Ghost Town has created a bustling, radiant and necessary environment.” – Dan Raphael

Local poet Rebecca Smolen’s latest collection, Excoriation, is due from Poetry Box on October 15.