Welcome to the 14th issue of Podium

For more than 75 years, 92Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center has been the leading platform for international literary figures in all genres. Our initial offering of two seminars—“The Writing of Poetry” and “The Understanding of Poetry”—has grown to include courses in fiction, poetry and memoir, as well as lectures on literary topics. 

We congratulate our students, whose work we proudly feature here, on their achievement during the term, and thank our faculty and students for their generosity and dedication to one another’s work In addition to student work, Issue 14 features an interview with Jessica Cohen, translator of David Grossman’s work, as well as a story by Peter Chong, winner of the Poetry Center’s Schools Project Ernst Pawel Student Writing Award. 

We also thank Betsy Bonner, former Poetry Center director and author Round Lake, forthcoming from Four Way Books, for serving as the judge of our annual Rachel Wetzsteon Prize.


Janie—Janice Billingsley
From Jennifer Gilmore’s fiction workshop

Barbara Jane’s Coffee Klatch, September 21, 2014—Robin Goldwasser
Adam Langer’s fiction workshop

The Throwing of Bones—Christina Martin
Lore Segal’s fiction workshop

Excerpt from Penumbra—Merlin Ural Rivera
Stephen Wright’s novel-writing workshop

Niagra Falls, 1958—Cailin Barrett-Bressack
Stephen Wright’s novel-writing workshop 

Stained Glass—Suzanne Kazenoff Rosenzweig
Justin Torres’ workshop

Friendship—Will NIxon 
Sandra Newman’s fiction workshop

Miss Cast and the Headhamster—Lindsey Mountford
Rebecca Stead’s workshop

A Little Wooden Shack—Peter Chong
Winner of the 2015 Schools Project Ernst Pawel Student Writing Award.


In the Mural– Amy Klein
Jean Valentine’s workshop
Runner up for the 2015 Rachel Wetzsteon Prize

Poem upon staying the night—Tom Capelonga
Lynn Melnick’s poetry workshop

The Natives Trees of Canada—Liora Mondlak
Emily Fragos’ poetry workshop 

Butterflies—Liora Mondlak
Kathleen Ossip’s poetry workshop

Your Other Self On Earth—Albert Pulido
Sophie Cabot Black’s poetry thesis

Rappahannock—Mary Branch Spalding
Mark Bibbin’s poetry workshop
Winner of the 2015 Rachel Wetzsteon Poetry Prize

Wetlands: Barataria Bay, Louisiana—Wendy Barnes
Sophie Cabot Black’s poetry thesis 

Descant, From The Latin: Song Apart—Barbara Jane Carey
Jeanne Marie Beaumont’s poetry workshop

Te lucis ante terminum —Daniel Ebalo
Grace Schulman’s poetry tutorial

Baby Girls All Over the Place—Gigi Edwards
Sally Van Doren’s poetry workshop

The Entited—Victoria Kohn Michels
Molly Peacock’s poetry seminar

Mr Wilson Said—Albert McWilliams
Sharon Dolin’s poetry workshop 


Religious Instruction —Stuart Waldman
Joyce Johnson’s memoir workshop


Labors Pains—Jennifer Fox
Anne Washburn’s playwriting workshop


Jessica Cohen in conversation with Ricardo Maldonado

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