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Workshops, Classes & Residencies

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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 Art of Concealing and Revealing with Neil Shepard
6 Wednesdays, February 17 – March 30 (skipping March 9), 6:00-8:30pm

The Pleasures and Employment of Form: Sonnet, Sestina, Villanelle, Rondeau with Eléna Rivera
6 Thursdays, February 18 – March 31 (skipping March 24), 6:00-8:30pm

Is It or Is It Like?: A Poetics of Comparison with Wendy Xu
6 Wednesdays, April 13 – May 18, 6:00-8:30pm

Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem with Barbara Henning
6 Saturdays, April 23 – May 28, 11:30am – 2:00pm
REGISTRATION CLOSED: Contact lauren@poetshouse.org with any late requests.


The Elegy: Poetics of Protest and Collective Grief with Kamilah Aisha Moon
6 Wednesdays, June 8 – July 13, 6:00-8:30pm
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Queering Form with Rickey Laurentiis
6 Thursdays, June 9 – July 14, 6:00-8:30pm
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F****** Theory with Sara Jane Stoner
6 Tuesdays, June 28 – August 2, 6:00-8:30pm
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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 Marilyn Hacker
NOTE: These sessions are held on Friday and Saturday
Friday, March 25, 6:00-9:00pm
Saturday, March 26, Noon-5:00pm

Master Class with Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Saturday, April 16, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, April 17, Noon-4:00pm

Master Class with Ada Limón
Saturday, May 28, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, May 29, Noon-4:00pm


Special One Day Workshops

As Leaves to a Tree: How to Let Poems Start Themselves with Geoffrey Nutter
Saturday, April 9, 2:00-6:00pm
Fee $125
Experimenting with an array of strategies, workshop participants will begin as many poems as possible can in the course of an afternoon of intensive experimentation, leaving with many new poems and new strategies for starting poems.

Dear ____________ with Ariana Reines
Sunday, May 8, 12:00– 6:00pm
Fee $195
Look at some of literary history's great epistolary writing--from Heloise & Abelard to Chris Kraus and more--then write letters, put them in envelopes, and yes: drop them in the mail.

Re-Visioning Home with Wendy S. Walters
Saturday, May 21, 2:00-6:00pm
Fee $125
Workshop participants will practice engaging with architecture and social spaces comprising the idea of home through a series of interrelated exercises and discussions focusing on developing techniques for creating new, organic poetic forms.
REGISTRATION CLOSED: Contact lauren@poetshouse.org with any late requests.

Weaving and Poetry with Jill Magi
Saturday, June 11, 2:00-6:00pm
Fee $125
Beginning with the creation of small cardboard looms and page-sized weavings, workshop participants will move into a writing session transferring this sense of play and "in-expertise" to the blank page. No textile arts experience is necessary.
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Starting with Art with Joseph Stanton
Saturday, June 18, 2:00-6:00pm
Fee $125
The widely published poet and art historian offers a workshop that will go beyond ekphrasis to encourage the writing of poems in response to any and all forms of artistic experience.
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Summer Poetry Workshop for High School Students

Summer Poetry Workshop for High School Students with Dave Johnson
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 12:00 - 4:00pm

This week-long intensive writing program provides an exceptional opportunity for gifted young poets to develop their voice and hone their craft. Working with their peers, and with the guidance of a master teaching poet and guest poets, students will gain exposure to a range of poetic forms and various styles, and create and present original works, lead by poet and playwright Dave Johnson.

Participating students will receive lunch and transportation stipends for the duration of the program and will be selected by an independent judge through an application process. All interested high school students are encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline June 18, 2016

Fee: $495 (Full and partial scholarships are available)
Click here for more information and to apply

Summer Poetry Workshop for Teachers

Conquering the Blank Page: Poetry as a Teaching Tool, instructed by Emily Moore
Monday, July 18 - Friday, July 22, 9:00am - 5:15pm

Designed for lovers of poetry as well as those who fear the genre, this five-day intensive will lead middle- and high school teachers through a variety of generative, classroom-friendly exercises meant to inspire the teaching, writing, an reading of poetry. Drawing on the abundant resources of Poets House’s library, reading room, and multimedia center, as well as visits from guest poets Jason Koo and Jon Sands, participant teachers will compose, workshop, and share their own poems over the course of the week. Come to reconnect with your own inner writer - the one often lost beneath piles of grading! - and leave with new work and new techniques for incorporating poetry into your classroom.

Fee: $500
For Department of Education (DOE) teachers seeking p-credit: Please pay $125 to After School Professional Development Program (ASPDP; Course # P01.158.SS16) on their website here and $375 to Poets House

For non-DOE teachers or those not seeking p-credit: $500 paid to Poets House

To register, please contact christina@poetshouse.org or 212-431-7920, ext. (1) 2835

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Coordinator Lauren Clark at lauren@poetshouse.org.
  • 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 Lauren Clark - Program Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 1-2818, lauren@poetshouse.org.

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 Spring 2016 Calendar (PDF)

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