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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
Class Full - Registration Closed

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
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(Power) Ballads and Ceremonials: A Poetry and Pop Workshop with Rosebud Ben-Oni
6 Saturdays, February 20 – March 26, 11:30am – 2:00pm
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Is It or Is It Like?: A Poetics of Comparison with Wendy Xu
6 Wednesdays, April 13 – May 18, 6:00-8:30pm
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Political Poetry with Bhisham Bherwani
6 Thursdays, April 7 – May 12, 6:00-8:30pm
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Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem with Barbara Henning
6 Saturdays, April 23 – May 28, 11:30am – 2:00pm
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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
Application deadline: March 4

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Master Class with Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Saturday, April 16, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, April 17, Noon-4:00pm
Application deadline: March 25

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Master Class with Ada Limón
Saturday, May 28, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, May 29, Noon-4:00pm
Application deadline: May 1

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Special One Day Workshops

Check back for information on our One Day Workshops

Full and Partial Refunds

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

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)