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Workshops and Classes

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Poets House offers a wide range of classes for experienced readers and writers of poetry, as well as newcomers to the art. Innovative seminars and workshops taught by emerging and established poets offer aficionados as well as poetry newcomers an opportunity to explore various aspects of the writing process in greater depth.

In addition to Master Classes and Open-Enrollment Workshops, One Day Workshops and Teen Poetry Workshops, we also offer the Emerging Poets Fellowship, a four-month program for talented emerging poets who demonstrate potential and need. See below for more details about all of these opportunities for poetry instruction.

A master list of all Poets House programs held from 1986 to the present can be found here.

Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Since many classes fill quickly; we encourage you to enroll early. Your enrollment is complete when full payment for tuition has been received.

Six-Week Open-Enrollment Classes

These poetry workshops give special focus to the relationship between reading and writing poetry. Open to all levels, six-week courses are offered on a wide variety of topics. Register early – first come, first served; Fee: $325


The Linked Sequence with sam sax
6 Tuesdays, October 10 – November 14, 6:00-8:30pm

New Forms, New Tricks with Sharon Dolin
6 Wednesday, October 11 – November 15, 6:00-8:30pm

Make it New: Writing Against Ritual & Habit with Jenny Xie
6 Thursdays, October 12 – November 16, 6:00-8:30pm

Poetic Narratives: Writing the Varied and Whole Story with DéLana Dameron
Saturday, October 21, 28 and November 4, 11, 18 and Sunday, November 19, 11:30am-2:00pm

Master Classes

Master Classes, which usually meet Saturday and Sunday, offer advanced writers of poetry an opportunity to work intensively with some of the most respected poets of our time. Applications are required; space is limited. Fee $390

Master Class with Phillis Levin
Saturday, October 28, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, October 29, 12:00-4:00pm

Master Class with Brenda Shaughnessy
Saturday, December 2, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, December 3, 12:00-4:00pm

Master Class with Gregory Pardlo
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 12:00-4:00pm

Special One Day Workshops

Mining the Poetic Unconscious with Kaveh Akbar
Friday, November 10, 6:00-9:00pm
Fee $95

Freedom Forum Workshops

Presented in conjunction with Freedom Forums 2017: A Conversation on Freedom: Personal, Artistic and Civic

Demolishing Monuments (A Liberatory Practice) with Mahogany L. Browne
Thursday, September 28, 6:00-8:00pm
Fee $10

Breaking Open Jargon through Poetry with Sahar Romani
Saturday, September 30, 12:00-2:00pm
Fee $10

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Gabriella Gonzales at
  • Poets House retains a $60 processing fee on any refund.
  • Refunds will not be issued after the following deadlines, regardless of participation: Six and Ten Week Workshops: tuition (less processing fee) is refundable until the second class meeting. Master Classes: refund requests must be made at least 24 hours prior to the first meeting.
  • Six registrants are required in order for a class to run. If a course fails to meet the minimum registration, it will be cancelled and full tuition will be refunded to all registrants.
  • Tuition will not be pro-rated for missed classes.

Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship Program

Funded by a generous grant from the Jerome Foundation, Poets House’s Emerging Poets Fellowship Program (formerly the Emerging Poets Residency) assists emerging poets by providing excellent poetry writing instruction and mentoring in the special environment of Poets House's poetry library —with its unique archives and access to far-reaching programs and conversations with poets and poetry audiences. The program aims to deepen participants’ artistic practice by offering a robust professional network of poets and literary professionals, including special visits from editors and publishers, who will assist each writer with their artistic development and career.

The program includes weekly writing workshops, mentoring sessions, meetings with guest speakers, free access to Poets House's events and archival resources and culminates in a final group reading. Transportation support is available for participants. The application process is competitive; tuition is free to those accepted into the program.

For more information, please visit the Emerging Poets Fellowship page, or contact Stephen Motika - Artistic Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2822,

Read the work of Fellows from 2012-2015 in Issue 68 (summer 2015) of The Cortland Review

Read an article on the Emerging Poets Fellowship from Peril, an Asian Australian online magazine of arts and culture here

Download our Fall 2017 Calendar (PDF)