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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


g/leaning: assemblage, quotation, intertextuality with Emily Skillings
6 Wednesdays, April 11-May 16, 6:00-8:30pm
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The Archeology of Poetry—Digging the Moment with t’ai freedom ford
Class Postponed to Fall

In Between: Poem and Flash Fiction with Barbara Henning
6 Saturdays, April 14-May 19, 11:30am-2:00pm
Class is full. Registration closed


Poetics of Emotional Research with Anaïs Duplan
6 Tuesdays, June 12-July 24, 6:00-8:30pm (Skipping July 3)
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Repetition, Diversion and Mystery with Alex Dimitrov
6 Thursdays, June 14-July 26, 6:00-8:30pm (skipping July 5)
Class is full. Registration closed

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 Kimiko Hahn
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2:30-6:30pm
Sunday, March 25, 2018, 12:00-4:00pm
Apply for Kimiko Hahn's Master Class

Master Class with Tyehimba Jess
Saturday, April 7, 2018, 4:00-7:00pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12:00-5:00pm
Apply for Tyehimba Jess' Master Class

Master Class with Elaine Equi: The Short Poem – varieties of immediacy
Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:30-6:30pm
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 12:00-4:00pm
Apply for Elaine Equi's Master Class

Special One Day Workshops

Raising the Stakes—Maximizing Rhetorical Devices in Poetry with Sarah Blake
Saturday, January 27, 12:00-4:00pm
Fee $95

In workshops, we sometimes talk about how a poem needs to raise its stakes, but what does that mean? Stakes can be as simple as what's literally at stake for a speaker in the poem's story—maybe their marriage or even their life is at risk. But often the tricky part is making the reader invest in the poem's outcome, getting the reader to care and feel that the poem is exploring something important. In this workshop, we will look at how poems engage their readers and make their readers care. We'll do close readings of poems by C.D. Wright, Shane McCrae, Catie Rosemurgy, Angel Nafis, and others to help us generate ideas. We’ll also write new poems of our own. Feel free to bring in poems-in-progress that you might revise as we discuss concrete strategies for making our poems matter to our readers.

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Love and Other Poems: A One-Day Workshop with Nathalie Handal
Saturday, February 10, 11:30am – 2:00pm
Fee: $95

In this workshop, we will explore love, and its lyrical parts—lustful and passionate, sexual and erotic, romantic and religious, spiritual and sinful—through writing exercises inspired by love poems written by poets from different periods and places. Readings will include excerpts from Egyptian, Greek and Roman erotic poems; Sufi, Chinese and Japanese elegies; poetry by Sappho, Catullus, Ono no Komachi, Nizar Qabbani, Pablo Neruda, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Emily Dickinson, and others. For centuries we’ve gone to love poems because we need them. This workshop, then, will explore age-old questions that continue to grip us: What is love? How much can we love and endure love? What does it ask of us? What is the role of poetry? What can it do? Is a love poem the closest voice to the heart, and can it resist violence? How do love poems that traverse the body, spirit, nature, and home inform us about our world and self, our heart and poetry? We will have the opportunity to write new poems, workshop our poem drafts, and journey to the heart of our poems—engaging in the ultimate act of resistance.

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Teen Workshops

One-Day NYC High School Poetry Workshop
Saturday, June 2, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

This open-enrollment poetry workshop provides an intensive session of writing and sharing work with peers. Available for the first 15 interested NYC students to sign up. Lunch and Metrocards provided.

Weeklong Workshop for Teens
Monday, July 16-Friday, July 20, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

This weeklong workshop brings together high school poets from around the city for a marathon session of writing, reading, and discovering poetry with instruction by professional poets. Lunch and Metrocards provided for all. Workshop participants will be selected through an application process. Full scholarships provided for students with need.

For more information about our teen workshops, contact Jordana Weiner at 212-431-7920 ext. 2858, or email

Full and Partial Refunds

  • 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 Stephen Motika - Artistic Director, 212-431-7920 ext. 2822,

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 2018 Calendar (PDF)