Workshops, Classes & Residencies

Poetry Workshops, Poetry Writing, Poetry NYC, Poetry Teaching, Scott Hightower

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, 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.

Special 10 Week Course

Rilking with Ariana Reines
10 Thursdays, March 13 to May 15, 6:00-8:30pm
Fee: $495

Readings from poet Rainer Maria Rilke's extensive correspondence and works will be balanced by invitations to write, which is to say to Rilk, with rigor, humor, and candor.

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

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!

Birds Not Birdcages: Playing in Form with R.A. Villanueva
Six Saturdays, February 22 to April 5 (skipping March 1), 11:30am-2:00pm

The Self and the World: Oppositional Energies inside a Poem with Neil Shepard
Six Wednesdays, February 26 to April 2, 6:00-8:30pm

Introduction to Poetry: A Generative Workshop with Amy Lawless
Six Saturdays, April 12 to May 17, 11:30-2:00pm

From the Earth to the Stars: Writing Poems of Spiritual Questioning with David Groff
Six Wednesdays, April 23 to May 28, 6:00-8:30pm

Open Enrollment Class Registration Guidelines
Open to all; no applications needed but registration is required; call (212) 431-7920 x2832 or email; $295 each.

Master Classes

Master Classes 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; $390.

Conversation Pieces: Creating Poems That Talk to Other Poems
with Susan Wheeler

Saturday March 22, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Sunday, March 23, 12:00pm-4:00pm
Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, March 14

Who’s Speaking?: Persona Writing with Philip Schultz
Saturday, March 29, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, March 30, 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: EXTENDED TO Friday, March 21

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

Form: Making and Breaking It with Edward Hirsch
Saturday, May 3, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, May 4, 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday, April 11

Master Class Application Guidelines
In a single attachment, email three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, phone number, and the name of class for which you are applying to Poems must arrive by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves.

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 Joe Fritsch - Program Coordinator, 212-431-7920 ext. 1-2832,

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

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