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The Great Unknowns: Valuing Poets Without Books

The Great Unknowns: Valuing Poets Without Books


How do we approach and appreciate work that has not been prejudged for us by the powers of prizes and presence on social media? What are we missing if we only read poems in single-author books? This one-day workshop starts with a rejection of the book-publishing industry as the ultimate arbiter of the art: we will read, discuss and generate work from the poems of three New York–area poets without books—Stephen Ackerman, Judy Katz and Daniel Meltz—and explore how to learn from them for our own work. We'll spend thirty minutes reading and discussing each poet's poems, and the following thirty minutes writing from a relevant prompt and sharing those poems. Participants can expect to leave with the beginning of three poems and a greater openness to reading "unknown" contemporary work.

Workshop Details

  • Professor: Jessica Greenbaum
  • Date: December 1, 2019
  • Time: Sunday, 2:30–6 PM
  • Location: Fort Greene
  • Cost: $85
  • Class size: 6–9 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off by SUN, SEPT 8