Doraine Poretz is a poet, playwright, and teacher; and one of the founders of the Venice Poetry Workshop at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center. Six books of her poetry have been published: Re: Visions, This Woman In America, Scattered Light, Arrival, (all from Bombshelter Press), Last Exquisite Tear (Golden Frog Press), and her recent volume of new and selected poems, This Alchemy (Olandar Press). Her short stories have appeared in both Doubleday and Dutton editions, and her poems have appeared in such magazines as ONTHEBUS, Harbinger: Fiction and Poetry of Los Angeles Writers, CQ, Grand Passion: The Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond and others. She has read her work as part of the “Writers in Focus” series at the Los Angeles Museum of Art, at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and at various bookstores, galleries and libraries in and around Los Angeles.
Through her Gangs of the Kosmos and Spoken Word series, Ms. Poretz has curated readings at the Bodhi Tree Bookstore in West Hollywood, SPACE gallery in South Pasadena, the Santa Monica Bay Woman’s Club, and others.
As a theatre artist, she had directed staged readings of her plays and has participated in the Actors Studio Playwrights Unit in New York and Los Angeles. Her plays have been developed in London and staged in theatres in Los Angeles and New York.
Poet-In-Residence in several elementary and middle schools in South Pasadena, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles, Ms. Poretz also teaches a poetry series for adults entitled Writing Down The Music Of Your Life and conducts monthly seminars in poetry on myth and the archetypes of the unconscious.