Advanced Poetry Portfolio
Grades 9–12, co-ed (limited to 14)
August 20–24, 2018
Hours: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Taught by poet and Nightingale faculty member Maya Popa, this course is open to writers who have already produced a body of work in poetry, or who would like to deepen their practice of the form in a supportive workshop environment. It will focus on providing a survey of contemporary poets and poetic practices. The first half of each class will be devoted to craft, looking at how contemporary writers manipulate language, structure, and point of view to create original works. The second half will consist of workshopping student poems. Over the course of the week, students will also cover such topics as polishing and ordering work, preparing submissions to competitions (Scholastics, Young Arts), and publishing poetry in magazines. In addition, we will be visited by—and hear from—published authors, such as Jenny Xie (Eye Level), Jen Levitt (The Off-Season), and Lizzie Harris (Stop Wanting). As a final project, students will produce a portfolio of polished poems and give a short reading.
About the Instructor
Maya Catherine Popa is a writer and teacher in New York City. The author of two chapbooks from New Michigan Press, her poetry and criticism appear in Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, The TLS, and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor to Poets & Writers magazine and a recipient of the Poetry Foundation Editor's Prize. A graduate of Oxford University, NYU, and Barnard, she is a member of Nightingale's English faculty and oversees the Christine Schutt Creative Writing Program at the school.