Poetry Time with Charles Waters

Join Charles Waters for a morning of humorous poetry that's off the page and off the wall. We’ll write comical poems together and act them out on stage.

Charles Waters is a children's poet, actor and educator who has performed in schools and universities across the country. His work has appeared in various textbooks and anthologies including National Geographic.

Haunted Poets House: A Halloween Reading and Celebration

Come in costume and hear monstrous, spooky verse from poets such as Robert Louis Stevenson, Karla Kushkin, Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, read by Poets House Children’s Room Director Mike Romanos, who will also lead us in casting our own poetic spells to celebrate the day

There Once Was and Always Will Be: Evoking the Poetic Worlds of Childhood

A panel discussion and conversation about poems written by children – and poems written for children – with children’s literature scholar Jennifer Brown, educator and founder of The Touchstone Center Richard Lewis, historian and children’s literature critic Leonard Marcus, educator Annie Wright, widow and editor of poet James Wright, and members of The Touchstone Center Theatre Ensemble, Clea Rivera and Harry Mann.

Our Earth, Our Sky: A Celebration of the Poetry of Childhood with Richard Lewis and The Touchstone Center Theater Ensemble

A workshop exploring the magic and mystery of poetry. We’ll write poems inspired by the earth and sky. Then our poems will be celebrated through narration, music and mime. Each child will take their poems home in an earth/sky box.

The Connection in Disconnection: One-day High School Poetry Workshop with Farrah Field

Application deadline: Friday, September 26

This workshop will examine current trends in collage-style writing, or poetry that carries meaning, emotion, and sometimes stories within lines that are nearly cut and pasted leaps. We will study a few current poets, write new poems, and workshop each other's work.

Farrah Field is the author of the poetry collections Rising and Wolf and Pilot.

Writing the 21st Century Nature Poem with Alison Hawthorne Deming

Saturday, January 10, 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday, January 11, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday December 19, 2014

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s books include Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, Rope, and Science and Other Poems. She teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.

words + pictures with Elaine Equi

Saturday, January 17, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, January, 18, 2015, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday December 19, 2014

Elaine Equi's recent books include Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, and Click and Clone. A new collection, Sentences and Rain, is forthcoming in 2015. She teaches at New York University and in the MFA Program at The New School.

“Why Must It Always End This Way?” Narrative Theory & Poetry Workshop with Natasha Sajé

The term “narrative” is often misused, confused with realism or accessibility, but understanding narrative can strengthen poetry writing. Students will examine narrative in the poems of Barbara Guest and John Ashbery, among others, and are invited to bring their own poems with narrative elements.

Westminster College and Vermont College of Fine Arts professor Natasha Sajé’s latest works are Vivarium and Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory .

Departures: A Way to Start the Poem with Patricia Spears Jones

”Nor asked: Is there a violence sadder than the word island?” from Islandia by Maria Negroni, translated by Anne Twitty

“I can’t go out anymore./I shall sit on my ceiling./Would you wear my eyes?” from Cranial Guitar: Collected Poems of Bob Kaufman

Rewriting With Abandon: The Art of Revision with Sharon Dolin

“Poems are never finished, merely abandoned,” wrote Paul Valéry. How do we take those abandoned drafts, our stuck poems, and re-enter them with fresh verve? Each session we discuss procedures and strategies for revising our poems, do short in-class revision exercises, discuss some published works, before turning to workshop as a group student poems. This class is an invitation to play and radically re-visit poems-in-progress.

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