First Saturdays at Abril Books

Please join me for a generative writing workshop the first Saturday of every month at Abril Books in Glendale, California. Mark your calendars for this ongoing poetry workshop with different topics every month!

Abril Books
415 E Broadway.
Glendale, CA 91205

WHEN: The first Saturday of every month.

August Topic: Dog Days of Summer

Saturday, August 3rd
4-7 pm
Abril Books in Glendale, California

On the first Saturday of every month, Arminé Iknadossian runs a dynamic and for-all-levels generative writing workshop in the beautiful art gallery of Abril Books. This month, we will read and write poems about summer, especially poems with dogs in them. Yes, dogs. You would be surprised how many poems include dogs. Poets love dogs.

Did you know…the term “dog days” has an interesting origin? In ancient times, before the night sky was obscured by artificial lights and smog, different groups of people in different parts of the world drew images in the sky by “connecting the dots” of stars.

The brightest of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is Sirius, which also happens to be the brightest star in the night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the ancient Romans thought that the earth received heat from it. Look for it in the southern sky (viewed from northern latitudes) during January.

In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dog star,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July Sirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the ancients believed that its heat added to the heat of the sun, creating a stretch of hot and sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” after the dog star.

RSVP by emailing Arminé at

Workshop fee: $30.