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Workshops and Classes

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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

Poetry Is Not A Luxury: Reclamation, Resistance, Self-healing & Survival with Bushra Rehman
6 Tuesdays, October 9 - November 13, 6:00-8:30pm
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The Archeology of Poetry—Digging the Moment with t’ai freedom ford
6 Wednesdays, October 10 - November 14, 6:00-8:30pm
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Pushing a Visceral Limit with Asiya Wadud
6 Thursdays, October 11 - November 15, 6:00-8:30pm
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Poetic Investiture: Seeking the Source of our Poetic Powers with Michael Broder
6 Saturdays, October 13 - November 17, 11:30am-2:00pm
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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 Tracie Morris
Saturday, November 3, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, November 4, 12:00-4:00pm

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Master Class with Shane McCrae
Saturday, November 10, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 12:00-4:00pm

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Master Class with Marilyn Chin
Saturday, November 17, 2:00-6:00pm
Sunday, November 18, 12:00-4:00pm

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Special One Day Workshop

Riddles, Parables, and Other Alternatives to the Lyric Poem with Geoffrey Hilsabeck
Saturday, September 29, 12:00-4:00pm

Poetry has been written not just to emote but to provide instruction, to curse and heal, and, who knows, maybe even to aid the soul in its journey to the next world, as the ancient Egyptians thought their spells did. While the language for these other forms and purposes of poetry—the language of riddles, spells, oracles, kennings, parables—has vanished from any but the most rarefied conversations about poetry, the impulse to utter them remains. In this workshop, we will read and write in and around those genres, not against the lyric but on either side of it.
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Teen Workshops to be posted soon!

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 Paolo Javier - Program 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 Fall 2018 Calendar (PDF)