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Teen Poetry Workshops

Our poetry workshops for teens are opportunities for writers in high school to create and explore poetry in one of the largest poetry libraries in the country. Young poets are given a chance to delve into the art and craft of poetry in a fun, creative, and inspiring environment. Workshops for teens at Poets House reinforce a sense of joyful experimentation with language and its creative possibilities, help to develop each student’s voice and—as an added benefit—strengthen basic linguistic and scholastic skills.


Bring a Poet to Your Class

The capstone of our teen workshop program is the Thompson Foundation initiative, through which noted poets visit high school classrooms followed by free follow-up class visits to Poets House. Recent teachers have included Dave Johnson, Jive Poetic, and Mahogany Browne. This initiative is meant to increase access to poetic education for underserved schools and students by combining hands-on instruction from established poets with on-site visits to our extensive library. Students engage with poetry through reading, writing, and art projects that straddle the visual and linguistic.

If you are a teacher interested in this program, please reach out to Jordana Weiner to arrange sessions for your class. Free class trips for all age levels are also available outside of this program.


Intensive Workshops for Teens

Advanced, individualized study is available for students who want to continue writing poetry, through both our day-long and week-long intensive workshops.

  • Day-long workshops are offered each spring. Participation is free. All interested teens are encouraged to sign up.
  • Week-long workshops are offered each summer. Participants are determined through an application process and an external judge; all interested high school students are encouraged to apply. Financial aid is available.

Please check back in 2019 for more information on 2019 teen workshops.