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NYC Advanced Poetry

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About NYC Advanced Poetry

Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. The exercises include a range of free and traditional verse, as well as traditional forms like the sonnet, villanelle, sestina, and pantoum. We also examine meter and syllabics to strengthen students’ technical skills. This class challenges students to recognize what makes a poem engaging and entertaining to the reader. Students follow the Craft Class syllabus (along with readings distributed by the teacher) from which exercises are taken. Many students are finishing exercises and publishing poetry in literary journals and anthologies.

Open to students who have completed Level II or upon the recommendation of the teacher.  Please contact Lisa Bellamy at to apply for this class. Places in the class are awarded by the instructor on a case-by-case basis.

Class meets in Greenwich Village at The Village Community School, 272 West 10th Street. Bring a photo i.d. to sign in at the front desk.

For more information, please call us at (212) 255-7075 or visit us on Facebook.

The workshop is my writing life. I use it to draw poems out of me, and have come to need its structure and exercises in order to get myself writing. Without it, I’d only write during emergency situations when I really need an emotional outlet. AMY SCHATZ, Emmy-award winning television producer and poet