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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.