Introduction to Poetry: A Generative Workshop with Amy Lawless

This class is grounded in two basic functions: to generate new poems through prompts and expectation-challenging exercises, and to workshop them. A discussion of narrative, mechanics, forms, and the music of language will anchor the class.

Amy Lawless is the author of two books of poetry, My Dead and Noctis Licentia. She grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York City, where she was a 2011 NYFA Fellow in poetry.

Literary Partners Program: New York Launch Reading of The Incredible Sestina Anthology

Please join poets and contributors in celebrating the publication of The Incredible Sestina Anthology.

The event will feature readings by:

David Lehman
Sharon Mesmer
Sparrow
Jade Sylvan
Victor D. Infante
Patricia Carlin
Sharon Dolin
Ned Rust
Scott Edward Anderson
Jason Schneiderman
Jeanne Marie Beaumont

Love Speaks: A Day of Art and Poetry from the Muslim World

Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring the many facets of love through poetry performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the Islamic Art galleries, followed by a special Sunday at the Met reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, CUNY scholar and poet Meena Alexander, renowned poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University scholar Frances Pritchett.

Form: Making and Breaking It with Edward Hirsch

Saturday, May 3, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Sunday, May 4, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday, April 11

Edward Hirsch has published eight books of poems and four books of prose, among them Wild Gratitude, The Living Fire: New and Selected Poems, and the bestseller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry. Currently, he is the president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

The Art of Metaphor with Ellen Bass

Saturday, April 5, 11:00am-3:00pm
Sunday, April 6, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: Friday, March 21

Who’s Speaking?: Persona Writing with Philip Schultz

Saturday, March 29, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, March 30, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, March 21

Philip Schultz’s poetry includes Like Wings, The Holy Worm of Praise, and Failure, which won the Pulitzer Prize. He is the author of a memoir, My Dyslexia, and the forthcoming The Wherewithal: A Novel in Verse. He is the founder and director of The Writers Studio, a school for fiction and poetry.

Conversation Pieces: Creating Poems That Talk to Other Poems

Saturday March 22, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, March 23, 12:00-4:00pm

Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, March 14

Susan Wheeler is the author of six books of poetry, including Bag o’ Diamonds, winner of the Norma Farber First Book Award, and Meme, a finalist for the National Book Award. She directs the creative writing program at Princeton University.

Rilking with Ariana Reines

This class is open to all levels. No application is needed, but registration is required; call (212) 431-7920 x12832 or email classes@poetshouse.org. Register early – first come, first served.

From the Earth to the Stars: Writing Poems of Spiritual Questioning with David Groff

No matter their faith or doubt, most poets feel summoned to explore the ways human lives relate to the spiritual. Through readings of contemporary poets with a range of spiritual outlooks and inquiries, workshop participants will focus on making new poems, seeking to discover spirit through the stuff of the world.

Birds Not Birdcages: Playing in Form with R.A. Villanueva

Rallying around Dean Young’s assertion "we are making birds not birdcages,” this class will examine the role of form in innovative and traditional poems, and explore the interplay of memory, language, and art in the creation of new work.

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