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Unterberg Poetry Center


Indigo—Matthew Riordan / PDF
Selected from Joan Silber's Advanced Fiction Workshop

Honesty Spree—Caitlin Campbell / PDF
Selected from Christopher Sorrentino's Advance Fiction Workshop

An English Entomologist at the F. D. M.—Simon Collins / PDF
Selected from Sandra Newman's Advanced Fiction Workshop

Haircut, 1979.—Ashley Norton / PDF
Selected from Stephen Wright's The Novel: A Working Group class

Dream Queen / PDF and Play with Daggers—by Holly Woodward / PDF
Selected from Rafi Zabor's Fiction Workshop


Orphaned Orb—Helen Dano 
Selected from Jean Valentine's Advanced Poetry Workshop

Vicious Circle Ghazal—Jane Elias 
Selected from Sharon Dolin's Advanced Poetry Workshop

White Dwarf—Rosalie Brinn 
Selected from Lisa Jarnot's Advanced Poetry Workshop

Family Reunion—Catherine Woodard 
Selected from Marie Ponsot's Poetry Thesis class

I Will Hold a White Blue Rose—Natalia Kerkela 
Selected from Jeanne Marie Beaumont's Poetry class

November's news is that nothing grows.—Maggie Schwed 
Selected from David Yezzi's On Prosody: A Poetry Workshop


Brussels—Dori Katz / PDF
Selected from Hettie Jones' Advanced Nonfiction Workshop:
The Memoir: Your Life in History


Scene from Haley—Sam Biederman / PDF
Selected from Han Ong's Playwriting 1: Composition class

The Mildred B Fankhauser Award—Wendy Yondorf / PDF
Selected from Han Ong's Playwriting 1: Composition class

About the Instructors

Jeanne Marie Beaumont wrote Curious Conduct and Placebo Effects and co-edited The Poets' Grimm. She is the Director of the Frost Place Seminar and teaches in the Stonecoast low-residency MFA program.

Sharon Dolin's books of poems are Heart Work, Serious Pink, Realm of the Possible, and the forthcoming, Burn and Dodge. She is poet-in-residence at Eugene Lang College of The New School for Liberal Arts and directs The Center for Book Arts Annual Letterpress Poetry Chapbook Competition.

Lisa Jarnot's fourth poetry collection is Night Scenes. She has taught poetry at Brooklyn College, the Naropa Institute, Bard College and the Poetry Project, and has recently completed a biography of the San Francisco poet Robert Duncan.

Hettie Jones' memoir of the Beat scene is How I Became Hettie Jones. Her poetry collections are Doing 70, Drive and All Told. She has taught writing at the New School, SUNY Purchase and the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and worked with Rita Marley on her recent autobiography, No Woman No Cry: My Life with Bob Marley.

Sandra Newman is the author of two novels, Cake and The Only Good Thing Anyone Has Ever Done, and the forthcoming memoir Folk Tales of the Rich. She is the coauthor of a book on writing: How Not to Write a Novel.

Han Ong was the youngest playwright to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship. His plays include Watcher, The L.A. Plays and Swoony Planet. He is also the author of the novels Fixer Chaos and The Disinherited.

Marie Ponsot's books include The Bird Catcher and Springing: New and Selected Poems. Recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Shaughnessy Medal from the MLA, and the Frost Medal, she teaches at the New School and Queens College.

Joan Silber is the author of four novels and two story collections, most recently The Size of the World and Ideas of Heaven. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and has taught in the Warren Wilson College MFA program.

Christopher Sorrentino's books include Sound on Sound and Trance, a finalist for the National Book Award for fiction. He has taught writing and literature at the New School, Columbia University and the Summer Literary Seminars program in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Jean Valentine's books of poetry include Home. Deep. Blue.; The River at Wolf; Growing Darkness, Growing Light; The Cradle of the Real Life and Door in the Mountain. A National Book Award Winner, she has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University. Her most recent collection is Little Boat.

Stephen Wright's novel include M31: A Family Romance, Meditations in Green and The Amalgamation Polka.

David Yezzi is the author of The Hidden Model and is the executive director of The New Criterion. He has taught at the West Chester University Poetry Conference and at Stanford University.

Formerly a jazz critic, Rafi Zabor is the author of the novel The Bear Comes Home, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award; and I, Wabenzi, the first volume of a serial memoir.