Workshop Focus

This workshop is designed for poets at any level of experience who would like to deepen, complicate, and enlarge their poems. Do you know that feeling, when you look at the small, carefully shaped poem you’ve written and sense that many of the shining, hard-to-grasp things you felt but couldn’t say have been left out? Then this group is for you. We’ll read exemplary contemporary poems, engage in in- and out-of-class writing exercises, and cheer each other on in our quest to get more of the gorgeous mess of life onto the page. You will need a notebook or laptop, a willingness to experiment, and a degree of courage, which the group will help you find if need be.


This workshop is full. Click here to join the waitlist.
This workshop is open to all levels and no submission is required.

About Mark Doty

Mark Doty’s Fire to Fire: New and Selected Poems, won the National Book Award for Poetry in 2008. His eight books of poems include School of the Arts, Source, and My Alexandria. He has also published four volumes of nonfiction prose: Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, Heaven’s Coast, Firebird, and Dog Years, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2007. The Art of Description, a handbook for writers, appeared in 2011.

Doty’s work has been honored by the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Whiting Writers Award, two Lambda Literary Awards and the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. He was the first American poet to receive the T.S. Eliot Prize in the U.K., and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ingram Merrill and Lila Wallace/Readers Digest Foundations, and from the National Endowment for the Arts.

He is Distinguished Professor/Writer in Residence at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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