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Applications for the 2017 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellowship led by r. erica doyle are now open! Click here to submit!

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

All the Tambourines: Celebration & Ode as Lens of Possibility with Angel Nafis
6 Tuesdays, October 11 – November 22 (skipping October 18), 6:00-8:30pm

Borders and Identity: The Poetics of Place with Rosebud Ben-Oni
6 Wednesdays, October 12 – November 16, 6:00-8:30pm

Stretching Tension: Developing a Toolbox for Structuring Your Poem with David Tomas Martinez
6 Thursdays, October 13 – November 17, 6:00-8:30pm

Deeply Revising Poems: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff with Regan Good
6 Saturdays, October 15 – November 19, 11:30am-2:00pm

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.

Master Class with Laure-Anne Bosselaar
NOTE: These sessions are held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Friday, October 28, 6-8:30pm
Saturday, October 29, 2-6pm
Sunday, October 30, 12-4pm

Creating Literature: How to Write the Poem We Haven't Read, a Master Class with Jericho Brown
Saturday, December 3, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, December 4, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Special One Day Workshops

Landscapes of Memory with Khadijah Queen
December 3, 2016 - 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Fee $75
As sources of both pride and contention across the globe and across human history, both land and heritage intertwine in our thoughts, our bodies, our conscious and subconscious ways of living and being in the world. How do inherited, lost or stolen homeland(s) and/or ancestral knowledge take up residence in the writer's imagination? This workshop will explore through writing prompts and freewrites, as well as close examinations of a variety of sample works, how the past and present intersect with place, body and memory.

Seeing our Stanzas: Ekphrasis & Identity with Rachel Eliza Griffiths
January 28, 2017, 2:00PM to 5:00PM
Fee $75
In this one-day workshop we will write towards both personal and national identity and imaginations through the space of visual art. Using American Stanzas: 2006 – 2016 as a three-dimensional text, Rachel Eliza Griffiths will lead a detailed writing workshop that will include close readings of Cave Canem poetry that inspired her exhibit, generative writing prompts, and interactive discussions with participants about their own writing practices. This workshop will focus its energy on the richly, complex act and art of bridging language and imagery.

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 Fall 2016 Calendar (PDF)