So Long, Reality: Writing the Fantastical with Idra Novey

In this workshop, we will move beyond straight-up reality in our poems and see what surprising turns and new meanings reveal themselves when we incorporate surreal elements and occurrences into our work. How do poets write their way into the fantastical? And what role does humor play in getting there? For inspiration, we’ll read excerpts from Alice Notley’s Descent of Alette, poems from Cesar Vallejo, Julio Cortazar, James Wright, Cathy Park Hong, Tomaz Salamun, Hiromi Ito, and many others.

Practicing Sands: Play & Process with Farnoosh Fathi

We play at Paste—
Till qualified, for Pearl—
Then, drop the Paste—
And deem ourself a fool—

The Shapes—though—were similar—
And our new Hands
Learned Gem-Tactics—
Practicing Sands—

Master Class with Major Jackson

Major Jackson's most recent book of poetry is Holding Company. He is professor at the University of Vermont and the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Application Deadline: Friday May 22

Master Class with Laura Kasischke

Winner of the 2011 National Book Critics Circle Award for Space, in Chains and a finalist for the 2015 Kingsley Tufts Award for The Infintesimals, Laura Kasischke is the author of seven books of poetry and nine popular novels.

Application Deadline: Friday May 15

Hands On/Hands Off: A Seminar on Artistic Collaboration with Bill Berkson

New York artists and poets from the 1950s onward developed a new type of synergy – spontaneous, casual, and involving popular forms such as comics and advertising layouts.

Poetry Out Loud Recitations

New York City regional winners in the national Poetry Out Loud recitation contest come together for a performance of memorable and moving poems.

Poetry Out Loud is presented by the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and the Poetry Foundation

Showcase Reading Series: Nickole Brown, Betsy Fagin, Emily Hunt, and Jessica Jacobs

Nickole Brown (Fanny Says, BOA Editions), Betsy Fagin (All Is Not Yet Lost, Belladonna*), Emily Hunt (Dark Green, The Song Cave), and Jessica Jacobs (Pelvis with Distance, White Pine Press)

Previously scheduled reader Thomas Meyer cannot attend

Showcase Reading Series: Ellen Hagan, Parneshia Jones, Anne Marie Macari, and Jean Valentine

Ellen Hagan (Hemisphere, Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly), Parneshia Jones (Vessel, Milkweed Editions), Anne Marie Macari (Red Deer, Persea Books), and Jean Valentine (Shirt in Heaven, Copper Canyon Press)

Showcase Reading Series: Timothy Liu, Sara Jane Stoner, Yolanda Wisher, and Magdalena Zurawski

Readings by Timothy Liu (Don’t Go Back to Sleep, Saturnalia Books), Sara Jane Stoner (Experience in the Medium of Destruction, Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs), Yolanda Wisher (Monk Eats An Afro, Hanging Loose Press), and Magdalena Zurawski (Companion Animal, Litmus Press)

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This is a special benefit for Poets House that helps keep our programming free or low cost.

Join us for a celebration of the sumptuous art of fine dining and timeless poetry with Eliza Griswold, Daniel Halpern, Mary Karr, and Vijay Seshadri.

Price: $750.00


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