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Unterberg Poetry Center

For the third issue of Podium, eleven students were selected from the spring session of the Unterberg Poetry Center's workshops—taught by poets Marie Ponsot, Rachel Wetzsteon, Glyn Maxwell and Molly McQuade; fiction writers Katherine Mosby and Stephen Wright; nonfiction writers Joyce Johnson and Daphne Merkin; and playwright Han Ong. It is always exciting for us to see, when putting together the issue, the amazing work that the students produce while in the writing program. We are honored to publish their work here.

Jason Geller, our featured photographer, lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn—the site of his current photo project. Each of Geller's photographs evokes a story and a mood, just as a stirring piece of writing does.

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The Recital—Caitlin Campbell 
Selected by Katherine Mosby from the Advanced Fiction Workshop

Music in the Wood—Tena Cohen 
Selected by Stephen Wright from the Novel Workshop


My Brother—Cynthia Cruz 
Selected by Franz Wright from the Poetry Master Class

Nose—Jee Leong Koh
Selected by Marie Ponsot from the Poetry Thesis Workshop

1,944 People Saw Something and Said Something—Michael Bennett
Selected by Rachel Wetzsteon from the Advanced Poetry Workshop

Again, the Bite—Jamie Stern 
Selected by Rachel Wetzsteon from the Advanced Poetry Workshop

Kapok—Emily Brandt
Selected by Glyn Maxwell from the Advanced Poetry Workshop

adjective rice—Betty Harmon 
Selected by Molly McQuade from the Poetry Workshop


Under My Skin—Kasumi Parker 
Selected by Joyce Johnson from the Advanced Nonfiction Workshop: The Observant "I"

Eighteen—Christina Curtis 
Selected by Daphne Merkin from the Advanced Nonfiction Workshop: Through a Writerly Eye


Midnight Lunch—Edla Frankau Cusick 
Selected by Han Ong from the Playwriting Workshop