Peggy Dobreer


Poet, Mentor | Writing Facilitator

"Dobreer's approach is 


-Janet Fitch, Chimes of A Lost Cathedral


Photo: Cat Gwynn

Slow Lightning:

"More than editor, Peggy Dobreer has served as expert midwife to this collection of poems that emerged from her daily guided meditations and integrated writing prompts. Born at the height of the Pandemic, these poems channel unflinching candor, innovative storytelling, and mastery. This is a deeply satisfying collection to be savored."

                                   -Steven Reigns, A Quilt for David

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Poems in quarantine
published by Glass Lyre Press

"FORBIDDEN PLUMS explores the initial rift in the fabric of our lives—the shock and dislocation—through a sensibility that's uniquely brave, subtle and linguistically playful. Strange days require such acute companions. Peggy Dobreer's new work fills the bill."    

                           -Janet Fitch, Chimes of a Lost Cathedral

"Dobreer offers a choreography of negations and reversals, where we may become "whole in our singularity," where the negative space around the dancer becomes another kind of dance. Forbidden Plums is an elegy for the living by a poet at the height of her powers."

                            -Chad Sweeney, Little Million Doors

Drop and dazzle, 2018

"These poems are precise and personal; they are of cups and bowls and bones and winds. Of mortality and fallibility, of soaring and touching the ground…she builds them with deftly sensed lines, merciless insight and exquisite craft, weaves them with wit and passion and an infallible ear for the music of words."

                              -Ricki Mandeville,



Peggy Dobreer  


is a Los Angeles poet and writing mentor who has three books of poetry. Her work has been published in Pirene’s Fountain, Malpais Review, San Pedro River Review, Everything About You Is Beautiful, Yoga Magazine, and Inner Visions among others. Her poems are also included in multiple anthologies, most recently: "Voices From Leimert Park" (Harriet Tubman Press for Tsehai Publishers); Aeolian Harp Folio Series Vols. I and V, (Glass Lyre Press). Dobreer has just received her third Pushcart nomination and she  was awarded the 2017 "Poetry Matters Prize” from The Downey Symphony Orchestra/NASA.  A former choreographer, designer, and lifelong experiential researcher of somatic practice and mystical traditions, Peggy is co-author of "64 Ways to Practice Nonviolence: A Curriculum and Resource Guide," (Pro-Ed Inc.) and was a Program Director at AROHO2015, a women’s writing retreat at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.  She is a Community of Writers facilitator, assisting Janet Fitch, and a member of Beyond Baroque and the Long Now Foundation.

Embodied Poetry Workshops:


A lifelong teaching artist and former dancer, Dobreer brings movement, contemplative practice, human development, peace studies, visual craft, and an enduring love of words to her workshops and mentees.  She migrated to poetry through an early professional life in live theatre and thirty year practice in Neo-Modern Dance and Contact Improvisation.


When she became a parent in 1987, Dobreer taught ten years in the Mysteries Program for Human Development at Crossroads School. She co-authored 64 Ways To Practice Nonviolence, a peace studies curriculum aligned with Language Arts Standards; earned certificates in Prime of Life Yoga and Sanskrit Stiudies in India; and studied poetry with Brendan Constantine at LMU and James Ragan at Charles University in Prague.  

In 2015, Peggy had the good fortune of serving as a Program Director for A Room of Her Own Foundation, AROHO2015 Retreat, at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, where she introduced and explored Somatic Writing Practices which have become the foundation of Embodied Poetry and Slumber Write Workshops and her daily Slow Lightning: Meditation and Writing Jump Start.


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