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, 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.

The Self and the World: Oppositional Energies Inside a Poem with Neil Shepard

This class will examine recent work from literary magazines to see how other poets create texture and tension, with focus on students’ poems and on several writing exercises to steering toward new strategies and discoveries in making a poem.

Neil Shepard is the author of four books of poems, including This Far from the Source and (T)ravel/Un(T)ravel. A senior editor of Green Mountains Review and a founding member of the poetry-jazz ensemble PoJazz, he teaches in the low-residency MFA Writing Program at Wilkes University.

Person, Place, Thing "Live" with Randy Cohen and Tracy K. Smith

Poets House is thrilled to host a live recording of Person, Place, Thing, a radio show by Emmy Award-winning writer Randy Cohen, original writer of “The Ethicist” for New York Times Magazine, and featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith.

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