In 2017, I had the distinct pleasure of building three communities around poetry reading + writing.

At Poet’s House, over six weeks, writers and I discussed the Poetic Narrative: Writing the whole and varied story. We read linked poem series by writers Nikky Finney, Elizabeth Alexander, Rita Dove, Sharon Olds, and Cornelius Eady, and they wrote their own linked story through poems.

At Bailey’s Cafe, poets wrote epistles to their former selves, to their childhood toys, and everything in between, and discovered their own voice in the process.

For Cave Canem, we read Gwendolyn Brooks’ work from her first collection to her last, spanning more than 50 years of work, and wrote our own poems of our landscapes, of communities, of ourselves.


Beginning February 20, and for six weeks, at Bailey’s Cafe (thanks for sponsoring / hosting us!) we’ll be doing: THE WAR WORKS HARD: writing a poetry of resistance. We’ll read poems by Dunya Mikhail, June Jordan, Amiri Baraka, Mahmoud Darwish, Brian Turner, and more! We will write our own poems, and discuss the importance of being in a present environment while also considering the poetry of resistance: writing the future we want to inhabit.All levels welcome.



$275, to include one (1) 30 minute skype or in person meeting about your work. If you need a payment plan, please reach out to Registration is open! 

See you soon,