Issue 12

For the past 75 years, the Unterberg Poetry Center’s Writing Program has offered writers of all levels the opportunity to study with the nation’s most celebrated scholars and authors.

At the end of each semester, students are selected to represent each class at our End-of-Term reading and in our online literary journal, Podium.

Issue 12 features writing by students in workshops taught by Matthea Harvey, Christopher Sorrentino, Frank Bidart and Patricia Marx, among others. Cover illustration is by Bianca Stone. A poet and visual artist, she is the co-founder and editor of Monk Books and the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows and Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson.


Alby Stories: Prologue, One, And Two—Arnold Kaye
From Christopher Sorrentino's Fiction Workshop

Finding Your CenterHolly Pekowsky
From Josh Weil's Fiction Workshop

The Racket Jon Gingerich
From Stephen Wright's Fiction Workshop

The Absence Shopper Laura Geringer Bass
From Lore Segal's Fiction Workshop

Letter to a Friend Richard Solomon
From Sandra Newman's Fiction Workshop

The Year Of The Volunteer Gareth Goodall
From Adam Langer's Fiction Workshop


I Heart PhiladelphiaBonnie Jill Emanuel
From Bob Hicok's Poetry Workshop

As a Transgression of Divine LawCarolyn Hill
From Molly Peacock's Poetry Workshop

San Gorgonio Pass Damian Fallon
From Rachel Zucker's Poetry Workshop

In the Land of Dreams Danita Geltner
From Jeanne Marie Beaumont's Poetry Workshop

A Portrait Denise Utt
From Catherine Barnett's Poetry Workshop

Windfall Holly Woodward
From Kwame Dawes's Poetry Workshop, Winner of the Rachel Wetzsteon Poetry Prize

What the Sorrow of Highway Signs Said  Libby Burton
From Cornelius Eady's Poetry Workshop

The Hard Heel of Her Right Hand Maud Poole
From Frank Bidart's Poetry Workshop

Inheriting Trees Melissa F.
From Sharon Dolin's Poetry Workshop

Smoke and Shadow Anne Minoff
From Rachel Zucker's Poetry Workshop

Hairless —Monica Hand 
From Molly Peacock's Poetry Workshop

Out of the cave of Polyphemos —Naomi Blackwood 
From David Yezzi's Poetry Workshop

On Hitting Midlife —Sharon Goldman
From Catherine Barnett's Poetry Workshop

Aubade—Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman
From Matthea's Harvey's Poetry Workshop


Skipped Stops Rob Jacklosky
From Patricia Marx's Humor Workshop


My Mrs. Kennedy—Catherine O’Neill Grace
From Honor Moore's Memoir Workshop

Keep Breathing Melissa Kirsch
From Hettie Jones's Memoir Workshop

Music Lessons Michael Quinn
From Joyce Johnson's Memoir Workshop

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