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Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe

Workshop by David A. Romero


$1,000 (plus travel and lodging)

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Introduction to, and performance of, "The Raven" - 20 minutes

"Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe" poem performance and prompt - 10 minutes
Student writing time - 30 minutes
Student reading time - 20 minutes

Other prompts (optional) - 40 minutes

Total time: 80 - 120 minutes (2 hrs)



If you could meet any famous person, who would it be? What would you talk to them about? Would you dare to challenge them to a contest?


In this workshop, students compare and contrast Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” with Romero’s “Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe.”


Students write poems where they contemplate bringing a figure from the past into the present and watching as they adjust to the modern world (often, with humorous results)!



Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe gives students the opportunity to talk about some of their historical idols, while also developing confidence in their own unique talents.




Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe has been presented at:


 Orangewood Foundation in Santa Ana, California

 Telesis Academy of Science & Math in West Covina, California

 Edgewood High School in West Covina (partial)

 Washington State University Vancouver in Vancouver, WA (partial)

 Skagit Valley College in Mt. Vernon, Washington (partial)

 Skagit Valley College: Whidbey Island Campus in Oak Harbor, Washington (partial)
 Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington (partial)

 Cal State Fullerton (partial)



David A. Romero has partially developed a flyer template for this workshop. If you decide to book Basketball with Edgar Allan Poe, Romero can design a full version of this flyer for the event for no extra fee.



Longer workshops, as well as multiple sessions, to culminate in a student “Slam,” (poetry competition) can be negotiated.

Professional-looking books and chapbooks to collect student work produced during workshops to be made available two months after workshops are conducted can also be negotiated.

*All workshops include a performance from David A. Romero.


**Workshop requires projector, projection screen, laptop connection, sound system and microphone (preferably cordless). Paper and writing utensils must be provided by students or host institution(s).

$1,000 (plus travel and lodging)

Download workshop description

Travel and lodging can be handled in two ways: 1) the university makes the arrangements on Romero's behalf (preferred) or, 2) Romero makes the arrangements and is reimbursed with the total check.

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