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Unterberg Poetry Center

Welcome to the eighth issue of Podium! Students featured in this issue were selected from our Spring 2010 creative writing workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and playwriting. We are proud to present the wide variety of styles and forms that make up our student body.

The 92Y Unterberg Poetry Center's Writing Program offers writers, from first-time to seasoned, the opportunity to take workshops with well-known authors/instructors that range from literary seminars to open-enrollment and advanced-level creative writing workshops. At the end of each semester, one student from each class is selected to showcase his/her work in Podium.

The featured artist in this issue is photographer Peter Pop.

We hope you enjoy the issue, and don't forget to check out our line-up of classes, now online!

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Chapter One: Accounting—Elizabeth Shah Hosseini / PDF
From Colum McCann's Master Class in Fiction

No Neck Brace For Me—Brent Shearer / PDF
Selected from Nelly Reifler's Advanced Fiction Workshop

You Destroyed Everything—Meredith Turits / PDF
From Stephen Wright's Novel Workshop

The Lovely Spectacle—Emily Eiselein / PDF
From Fiona Maazel's Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Leaving—Jennifer Epting / PDF
Selected from Nalini Jones' Fiction Workshop


Passion Alice—Christopher Nickelson / PDF
From Terrance Hayes' Poetry Master Class

Whoso List to Haunt—Mary Patrice Woehling / PDF
From Molly Peacock's Poetry Seminar

In My Name—Rochelle Goldstein / PDF
From Jean Valentine's Advanced Poetry Workshop

Guiding the Snow Owl—Andrea Fry / PDF
From Marie Ponsot's Poetry Thesis Workshop

Glosa: Courting My Demons*—Patricia Behrens / PDF
From Grace Schulman's Advanced Poetry Tutorial

Marcel Speaks to Edward and Henry at Heathrow Airport—Patrick James / PDF
From Jeanne Marie Beaumont's Advanced Poetry Workshop

Home is Home—Janet Kirchheimer / PDF
From David Yezzi's Poetry Workshop


Burma—Andrea Woodhouse / PDF
From Joyce Johnson's Advanced Nonfiction Workshop


Where Eagles' Dare—Nicholas Platt / PDF
From Han Ong's Playwriting Workshop

About the Instructors

Colum McCann is author of This Side of Brightness, Dancer, Zoli, and Let the Great World Spin, for which he won the National Book Award. His other honors include a Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize and the Hennessy Award for Irish Literature. In 2009, he was inducted into Aosdána, the equivalent of the Irish Academy, and named a Chevalier des arts et lettres by the French government. Mr. McCann teaches creative writing at Hunter College.

Nelly Reifler is the author of See Through, a story collection. Her work has appeared in McSweeney's, BOMB and Black Book. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence and codirects the Writer's Forum program at Pratt Institute and the Catskill Studio for Writing.

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

Fiona Maazel's novel is Last Last Chance. She is a National Book Foundation "5 under 35" honoree and winner of the Bard Prize for 2009. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Salon, Tin House, The New York Times and The Yale Review.

Nalini Jones's story collection is What You Call Winter, and she is currently working on a novel. She teaches at Columbia and Fairfield universities.

Terrance Hayes is the author of Muscular Music, for which he won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Hip Logic, for which he won the National Poetry Series Open Competition; Wind in a Box; and Lighthead. His honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, a Pushcart Prize and a Whiting Writers' Award. He is a professor of creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University.

Molly Peacock is the author of six volumes of poetry, including The Second Blush and Cornucopia: New & Selected Poems. She is working on a biography of the 18th-century flower artist Mary Delany and a book-length poem, Alphabetica: The Stories of the Letters. She is on the faculty of the Spalding University Brief Residency MFA Program.

Jean Valentine's books of poetry include Door in the Mountain and Lucy. A National Book Award winner, she has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU.

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

Grace Schulman's poetry books include The Paintings of Our Lives, Days of Wonder: New and Selected Poems and The Broken String. She is a former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center, former poetry editor of The Nation and a distinguished professor of English at Baruch College.

Jeanne Marie Beaumont is the author of Placebo Effects, Curious Conduct and Burning of the Three Fires. She teaches in the Stonecoast MFA program and directs the annual Frost Place Advanced Seminar.

David Yezzi is the author of the poetry collections The Hidden Model and Azores, and the executive editor of The New Criterion. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center, he has taught at Stanford University.

Joyce Johnson's memoir, Minor Characters, won a National Book Critics Circle Award. Her other books include Missing Men and the novel In the Night Café, and she is working on a biography of Jack Kerouac. She has taught at Columbia and the New School.

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

About the Artist

Peter Pop likes taking photos...