The 44 Poetry Class
(Level 1)

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The  44 Poetry Class is a collaboration between the Community Literature Initiative and the Sims Library of Poetry focused on teaching writers how to improve their poetry and giving them space to write and recite. This class is for beginner poets, who are looking to enhance their craft.


What you will learn:

  • Literary devices (personification, extended metaphor, imagery, etc.)

  • Rhythm, meter, rhyme, syllabic count

  • Poetic forms (sonnet, ode, ekphrastic, etc)

  • Performance poetry / spoken word


Classes take place on Zoom, every 1st and 3rd Saturday morning, starting October 2nd. To sign up for the class, click the button below. You can choose to pay monthly ($44/month) or yearly ($528/year).


By signing up for the class and paying the tuition, you will be a 44 donor/member of the Sims Library of Poetry and you will receive other perks, including a bi-monthly printed newsletter.

Cost of class: $44/month or $528/year

Starts: Saturday, October 2nd at 10 am PST

Our 44 Teachers


Born and raised in various parts of South Los Angeles, Hiram Sims is a poet, author and Creative Writing Professor teaching at The Los Angeles Film School, USC, and with The Community Literature Initiative. He graduated from the University of Southern California and received a B.A. in English: Creative Writing and a Masters of Professional Writing in Poetry. He has published three collections of poetry, including Poems of a Young, Troubled Mind (2007), Write or Die: An Anthology of Poetry from the Urban Poet's Workshop (2008), and PHOTOETRY: Poetry and Photography from South Central (2013).

Karo Ska (she/they) is a South Asian & Eastern European non-binary femme poet, living on unceded Tongva Land. They migrated here in 1996 from Warsaw, Poland. Some of their other work appears in Dryland Lit, Resurrection Magazine, the Intercultural Press, Altadena Poetry Review, Cultural Daily, Marías at Sampaguitas, and Ayaskala Magazine. They are a 3-time 2020 Pushcart Prize nominee and were a semi-finalist in the Jack Grapes Poetry Prize. Their first chapbook, gathering grandmothers' bones was released on February 29th, 2020. They are currently working on their first full-length collection, loving my salt-drenched bones. They are also the host of the Los Angeles Poet Society's SoapBox Open Mic. For updates, follow them on Instagram @karoo_skaa.

Valerie Nies is a writer, comedian, and gluten enthusiast living in Austin, Texas. She is a published poet with work appearing in Olney Magazine, Hash Journal, Anti-Heroin Chic, Rue Scribe, Pine Hills Review, among many other outlets. Her chapbook, Imaginary Frenemies, was released in 2021, and she was recently nominated for a Best of the Net award for a pandemic pantoum. Valerie has also written for humor sites McSweeney's and Reductress, and her sketches have been featured on Jezebel, Bitch, Salon, and Huffington Post. She has won multiple screenplay awards for sitcom pilots and spec scripts that never aired, performed stand-up at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival and the Big-Little Comedy Festival, and hosted the frequently sold-out stand-up show Smile More in Austin, Texas for 4 years. She also teaches a stand-up comedy class virtually through Ether Comedy. She can be found scanning WebMD or on social media @valerieknees.