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“The thick of loss is blunt and wordless. The understanding comes in the writing if at all, which is why I need writing, to know how to live.”

– Kathleen Ossip in conversation at The Brooklyn Rail

This workshop is designed for students who are putting together a chapbook or book-length manuscript of poems.

After spending so much time crafting individual poems, it can be difficult to see the big picture. We'll explore the manuscript process: grouping, organizing, pruning and adding. We’ll spend class time reading and discussing each manuscript, in original and revised version, focusing on how individual poems cohere as a satisfying whole. We will also read published books and explore how their structure contributes to our experience, as well as talk about the process of seeking publication.

Enrollment is limited to 10 poets. Students must enroll for both semesters.

Manuscript Submission required


Brief Bio

Kathleen Ossip is the author of The Do-Over, which was just named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. Her first collection, The Search Engine, was selected by Derek Walcott as the winner of the APR /Honickman Prize: “[it] leapt from the pile with wriggling force, it tautened the line, and its own lines caught the light of genuine intelligence.”

“Kathy’s writing suggestions were excellent and yielded some exciting new poems for which I am very grateful,” writes a 92Y student. “Her reading assignments were fresh and interesting.”

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