2019 Bowery to Bucharest 4 x 4 Poetry Exchange
The first ever Bowery to Bucharest 4x4 Poetry Exchange Program is in the books. Four remarkable Romanian poets (Claudiu Komaritin, Svetlana Caerstean, Andra Rotaru, and Adela Greceanu) traveled to NYC for a series of readings at Berl’s Poetry Shop, The Poetry Project, and of course, Bowery Poetry. Then the following week, four poets from our side of the pond (Gabriel Ramirez, Jess Rizkallah, Myles Taylor, and our very own Executive Director, Mason Granger) shared their flavor of poetry at a variety of arts venues across Bucharest.
Looking ahead, this is definitely a program we want to do again next year branching out to a few new countries, but the question is— where should we go? Lithuania? Malta? Romania again? It’s all on the table. One thing for sure is that Bowery Poetry is connecting you to poetry and poetry to the world.
Come thru and see what it’s all about!
308 Bowery, NYC
Bowery Arts & Science
310 Bowery, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
PoetNY Open Mic: Every Sunday. First come, first serve open mic sign ups
Why There Are Words: 1st Sundays
Se Buscan Poetas: 2nd Suindays
Symphonics Live: 3rd Sundays
Philostoria Open Mic: Last Mondays
Flash Fiction Workshop with Francine Witte | Sep 8 - Oct 6
Workshop concentrating on one of the hottest new genres in the literary world: flash fiction.
People love flash fiction (stories under 1000 words) for their concise and inventive method of storytelling. Not merely a matter of word count, though, flash has an intensity that separates it from a vignette or anecdote. A good flash should haunt you long after you've read it.
To this end, there are certain techniques language, style, the use of the surreal, and the unsaid, among others that will be covered in this class.
Each week, one or two of these techniques will be discussed with examples of published flashes using these techniques, as well as writing exercises.
The workshop will be generative in nature.
Francine Witte is the author of four poetry chapbook, one full-length collection, and the forthcoming, Theory of Flesh from Kelsay Books. Her flash fiction has appeared in numerous journals, anthologized in the most recent New Micro (W.W. Norton) and her novella-in-flash, The Way of the Wind is forthcoming from Ad Hoc Fiction, as well as a full-length collection of flash fiction, Dressed All Wrong for This which is forthcoming from Blue Light Press. She live in New York City, USA.
Sundays 12-2 pm. September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6
Exploring Our Histories & Creating New Forms w/Dorothy Friedman | Oct 13 - Nov 3
From Page to Stage: Exploring Our Histories & Creating New Forms, a poetry workshop with Dorothy Friedman August
In this workshop we will to expand our creativity in a supportive atmosphere; you will receive writing samples at each class that focus on particular aspects of the writing process; and you will receive personal attention. At each session we will generate new poetry; explore issues such as Identity, Relationships, Language, Voice, etc.; use experimental techniques, such as those developed in workshops with John Ashbery, Barbara Henning, Ann Waldman and others. Therefore, we will explore new approaches to language and form. Workshop provides exercises and in-class writing, as well as tips on how to hone your technique, perform your poems; and get published.
A reading at the end of the workshop is included.
Dorothy Friedman August has been giving poetry workshops for over twenty five years. She is a college professor and teaches at Fordham University and Empire State College. She has also taught creative writing and poetry seminars at Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. She studied with John Ashbery at Brooklyn College where she received her MFA.
She is an award-winning poet and essayist who has received two New York Foundation of the Arts fellowships and most recently a Kathy Acker Award. Among her publications are three books and numerous article, poems and reviewsin journals, newspapers and anthologies, including The Partisan Review, The Village Voice, The California Quarterly, Hanging Loose, The Centennial Review, Mudfish, Big City Lit, two TRIBES anthologies, including WORD, Bright Hill Press anthology, and three Unbearable anthologies (Autonomedia), including THE WORST BOOK I EVER READ and THE ANTHOLOGY OF SEX. Most recently she has published in The Long Islander, PoetryBay, Sensitive Skin, (who published one of her poems for National Poetry Month) and Home Planet News.
"I strive to both inspire my students with stimulating exercises and develop their confidence and skills. Many of my students are successful writers and have published books of their own." --Dorothy Friedman August
Sundays 12-2 pm
October 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10
Sense, Vision, Insight, Form: Poetry Workshop with Andrew Singer | Nov 17 - Dec 15
a new, five-week course
of poetry writing & discussion
with Andrew Singer
Sundays noon-2pm · five consecutive weeks:
November 17 & 24 + December 1, 8 & 15, 2019
Over 5 consecutive Sundays, we will explore a unique and elegant set of tools and techniques for quickly deepening in poetic understanding and facility. Group and individual writing exercises are supplemented with a poetry reading syllabus and discussion. To write poetry well, you’ve got to read poetry well. Poems for reading and discussion are selected from among the poets Emily Brontë, Robert Browning, Thomas Hardy, Ezra Pound, H.D., Hart Crane, W. H. Auden and Derek Walcott. A complete syllabus will be provided to enrolled students before start of the course.
No prior experience is needed to participate. These workshop sessions present a sequence of group exercises designed to help poets of all types, styles and experience discover and explore a new way of approaching poetry.
Andrew Singer mentored with Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott for an MA in Writing Poetry at Boston University, and he was a first reader in poetry at Partisan Review. He is director and editor-in-chief of Trafika Europe (https://trafikaeurope.org), showcasing new poetry and fiction in English translation from the 47 Council of Europe countries. He is a faculty member at Penn State University, where he has taught creative writing and literary translation, as well as having travel-taught in Europe extensively.
Praise for previous offerings of Sense, Vision, Insight, Form include the following:
“Andrew's poetry workshop was a master-class in immediacy. It introduced us to a way of observing / writing that pushed us beyond preconceptions and habitual responses into the living essence of the moment” ~ Kathy Tiernan, Author
“I felt inspired by being asked not only to describe a subject strictly faithfully, but wait till it 'speaks' and tells us about itself. Singer's unique method of poetry teaching fits so well with both Ben Okri's vision of the academies of the future in his Plato's Dream, and with neuroscientist Ian McGilchrist's emphasis of the incomparable importance of the right hemisphere in his groundbreaking book, The Master and his Emissary. I look forward to the next… masterclass with Andrew!” ~ Narda Azaria Dalgleish, Experimental filmmaker, Poet
“Everything Andrew said during this class was exciting and useful. He gave us concrete tools to see the beauty of poetry in everything, and to know the difference between keeping the integrity of a poetic object and merely abstracting it or projecting onto it. I left the class newly inspired to write, with both the confidence that I will now write more and better poetry, and a clear vision for how I will go about it.” - Olivia McGill
"I am a more careful observer of my surroundings and their poetic potential after taking Andrew Singer's excellent workshop... The analysis of form was extremely helpful as well..." - Jane Pearson