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, 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

BRAINLINGO: Writing The Voice Of The Body with Edwin Torres
6 Wednesdays, February 18 - March 25, 6:00-8:30pm
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Poems from Late Empire with Scott Hightower
6 Thursdays, February 19 - March 26, 6:00-8:30pm
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A Pattern of Behavior: Serial Poems with Krystal Languell
6 Saturdays, February 21 - April 4 (skipping March 14), 11:30am-2:00pm
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What’s Inside Is Just a Lie: The Agony and Ecstasy of Influence with r. erica doyle
6 Wednesdays, April 1 - May 6, 6:00-8:30pm
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Bad Bitch Poetics with Sally Wen Mao
6 Thursdays, April 2 - May 7, 6:00-8:30pm
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Practicing Sands: Play and Process with Farnoosh Fathi
6 Saturdays, April 11 - May 23 (skipping May 9), 11:30am-2:00pm
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Special One-Day Workshop

Open to all levels. No application needed but registration is required – first come, first served; Fee:$25

Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson
Saturday, April 25, 3:00-5:00pm

This seminar, inspired by last season’s exhibition A Painter and His Poets: The Art of George Schneeman, includes an overview of the often spontaneous and casual collaborations developed by New York artists and poets from the 1950's onward, and the opportunity to create and collaborate on new work.
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Master Classes

Master Classes, which 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 Laura Kasischke
Saturday, June 6 & Sunday June 7, 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday May 8

Master Class with Major Jackson
Saturday, June 13 & Sunday June 14, 12:00-4:00pm
Application Deadline: Friday May 15

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.

Week-long Workshop for Teens

Applications are required; space is limited; Fee: $495

Summer Poetry Workshop for High School Students with Dave Johnson
Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31, 12:00-4:00pm

A week-long workshop for writers in high school to create and explore poetry in one of the largest poetry libraries in the country. Young writers will delve into the art and craft of poetry in a fun, creative and inspiring environment.

Summer Poetry Workshop Application Guidelines

In a single attachment, email three poems accompanied by a cover sheet with your name, address, email address, and phone number to Poems must arrive by the designated deadline. No names or addresses should appear on the poems themselves.

Full and Partial Refunds

  • Requests for refunds must be received in writing. To request a refund, email Program Coordinator Joe Fritsch 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 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

Download our Spring 2015 Calendar (PDF)