Peggy Dobreer

POET, SOMATIC PRACTITIONER & MENTOR 

"Dobreer's approach is 

            MAGICAL."

-Janet Fitch, Chimes of A Lost Cathedral, The Revolution of Marina M.

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    Photo: Cat Gwynn

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History & Honors

Peggy

Dobreer  

is a Los Angeles poet and writing mentor whose 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 work is 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 been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and 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 2021 Community of Writers alumna and new member of 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 a love affair with language to her workshops and mentees.  She migrated to poetry through an early professional life in Neo-modern theatre and a thirty year practice in an art sport known as Contact Improvisation.

 

In physical contact, sharing a center of gravity, dancers explore non-verbal communication through the exchange of weight, mass, and energy, using the laws of physics that govern bodies in motion.

 

On becoming a parent in 1987, Peggy trained and taught ten years in the Mysteries Program for Human Development at Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences. 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 James Ragan at Charles University in Prague, and with Brendan Constantine at LMU.  

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. There she introduced and examined what her varied background might provide for all writers in her daily Embodied Poetry Practice. 

"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 wraps her lyric scarves around the reader's psyche where one is drawn into the dance. And this dance is never stilted or predictable. It only asks the reader to meet its rhythms, the rock and sway, the tango-laced eroticism that threads Forbidden Plums."

                           -Lois P. Jones, Night Ladder

"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, A Little Million Doors

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Click above to hear Interview with Lois P. Jones on KPFK.