Bowery Poetry Workshops are deep-dives with master poets.

Designed for newcomers and pros alike, limited in size, 5-,8-, and 11-weeks in length, and held at the historic Bowery Poetry Club, participants get unparalleled attention as they experiment and hone their writing. 

Bowery Poetry Workshops are curated and managed by acclaimed poet Anton Yakovlev. For more information, write:


Begins January 13th
Poets’ Theater with Bob Holman
A five-week poets’ theater workshop centered on finding the playfulness in plays.

Begins February 17th
Imagination-Based Poetry Workshop with George Wallace
A five-week workshop that targets the generative and brainstorming aspects of the writing process.

Begins March 23rd
Diversity, Black Poetry, and Amiri with reg e gaines
A five-week Saturday workshop that used poetry as a guideline to get closer to the true meaning and importance of diversity.

Begins April 28th
Open Language: Intuitive Writing Workshop with Emily Brandt
A five-week generative workshop for poets of all experience levels.

Begins January 13th, 2019

Begins February 17th, 2019

Poets' Theater with Bob Holman

5-week Workshop
12-2pm Sundays // Jan. 13 to Feb. 10, 2019

From Shakespeare to Shange, poets have a habit of bringing their verses to life in the mouths of characters. In Bobs Poets' Theater workshop, you will experience the art of theater from all angles writing, directing, acting, producing, centered on finding the playfulness in plays. No experience necessary. Bring some writing neednt be in script format to the first class. References include: Brecht, OHara, Artaud, Jarry, Suzan-Lori Parks, Koch, Baraka, Spalding Gray, Dael Orlander-Smith, Mayakovsky.

Bob Holman has performed his poems and acted in plays around the world, made poetry movies, recorded albums, started a spoken word label, and taught at Princeton, NYU, Columbia, Bard and The New School. For years he directed the LaMama-Poetry Project Poets Theater Festival. More info:

Dates: January 13th, 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th, 2019 (12-2 pm Sundays)
Location: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295

Imagination-Based Poetry Workshop with George Wallace

5-week Workshop
12-2pm Sundays // Feb. 17 to March 17

Stimulate your writing through exercises based on re-discovering and using your imaginative skills. Exercise and enhance your brain's imaginative 'muscle memory.' Learn to use wordplay to activate the inherent energy in language and come up with the initial ideas you are looking for to write poems. Imagination-based poetry moves away from the traditional or confessionalist approach to writing and gives the writer permission to create space for the imagination to explore, invent and roam. Unlike traditional workshops which focus on editing and fine tuning of work, this workshop targets the generative and brainstorming aspects of the writing process. 

George Wallace is writer in residence at the Walt Whitman Birthplace, writing professor at Pace University in Manhattan, and author of 33 chapbooks of poetry in the US, England, Italy, India, Albania and Greece. Editor of and co-editor of Great Weather for Media, he travels internationally to perform his poetry and lead poetry writing workshops. In 2003 he was named first poet laureate for Suffolk County, LI NY. In 2015-16 he served as the first poet laureate of the national Beat Poetry Festival in Middletown Ct. In 2017 he was named Grand Prize Winner at the Ditet e Naimit International Poetry Festival in Tetova, Macedonia. In 2018 he was named Orpheus Prize winner at the first international poetry festival at Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and was recipient of the Alexander The Great Gold Medal Prize, the first American to receive this Greek award.

Dates: February 17th, 24th, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 2019 (12-2 pm Sundays)
Location: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295

Begins March 23rd, 2019

Begins May 5th, 2019

Diversity, Black Poetry, and Amiri with reg e gaines

5-week Workshop
12-2pm Saturdays // March 23 to April 20th

The word diversity is overused and misunderstood. If we use poetry as a guideline we might get closer to its true meaning and importance.

In the world of poetry, both published and performed, the iconic figures are rarely Black. Yeats, Dickinson, Ginsberg, Plath, are names we know, along with countless others, as if they are family or friends. Only Langston Hughes has somehow cracked the contemporary poetry canon.

In this workshop, led by reg e gaines, we will explore the poetry of leroi jones / Amiri Baraka and its importance to our understanding of diversity. Participants will choose a Baraka poem to be learned then shared with the class. Poems will then be composed in direct response to Baraka’s, hopefully broadening all participants thoughts on diversity and the need to embrace cultural differences through art and communication. 

reg e gaines has published four books of poetry including The Original Buckwheat and Abstract Sax. His poetry can be found in numerous anthologies, Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Bum Rush The Page, The Paterson Literary Review and Bomb Magazine. reg is a Tony Award winning playwright and Grammy nominated lyricist. He is currently writing and producing, The 88, and has been commissioned to write a play, Amiri Who, about the poet Amiri Baraka. reg will share excerpts of the play as part of this workshop.

Dates: March 23rd, 30th, April 6th, 13th, 20th, 2019 (12-2 pm Saturdays)
Location: Bowery Poetry Studios, 310 Bowery, #3A, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295

Please note that this workshop takes Place on Saturdays.

Open Language: Intuitive Writing Workshop with Emily Brandt

5-week Workshop
12-2pm Sundays //May 5 to June 2

Among poetry's many trickster gifts is its freedom to record our most intuitive experiences without the pressures of conventional grammars or linear time. In this workshop, we’ll use meditative writing exercises to generate work that holds a microphone up to the backs of our brains. What can our associative mind reveal? What about our dreams? Our streams of consciousness? The activation of our six senses? Rather than relying on the analytic or imitative parts of our minds, well experiment with intuitive readings of a range of poets and see where such readings can steer our own creative processes. Poets of all experience levels are invited to join in this generative workshop experience. Expect to read, write, and workshop in a freeing way that lets your analytic mind rest, making space for other elemental voices to emerge.

Emily Brandt is the author of three chapbooks: Sleeptalk or Not At All, ManWorld and Behind Teeth. Among other places, her poems have recently appeared in LitHub, The Recluse, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Square Review, and the anthology Inheriting the War. Shes been in residence at Saltonstall Arts Colony and was a 2016 Emerging Poets Fellow at Poets House. Emily is a co-founding editor of No, Dear, Web Acquisitions Editor for VIDA, and an Instructional Coach at a NYC Public School.

Dates: May 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th, June 2nd 2019 (12-2 pm Sundays)
Location: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295



Past Workshops


Began September 16th, 2018

Imagery, Efficiency, and Poetry in a Digital World

5-week workshop w/ reg e gaines
12-2pm Sundays // Starts September 16th

Poetry has been bombarded by digital “brain-dead rotation devices" that offer countless visuals for our viewing enjoyment. These visuals are weakening our ability to create imagery in our poetry. In a sense, the smartphone, tablet, and laptop have become the poet’s opposition. In this workshop we explore new views on imagery and how to create “word pictures” and “spoken melodies" to be both read and said. We also analyze the efficiency needed when using language to help strengthen both the reader's and the listener’s attention span. Performance is today’s catchword, but experience has taught me that imagery and efficiency are crucial to brilliant oral interpretation. Pictures and melodies will be key in keeping your audience, whether reader or listener, from reaching for their “brain-dead rotation device.”

reg e gaines is a two-time Tony Award nominated playwright, Grammy Award nominated lyricist, has published four books of poetry, is editor of the 2015 poetry anthology, A Year in Ink, and scored the PBS documentary Senior Year. Recent projects include: co-creator and director of the musical The 88, director of Connect the Lots, a musical theater summer camp in Camden, New Jersey in 2014, director / creative writing workshop facilitator of Through The Looking Glass, Center Theater Group, Los Angeles California, 2014-2016, and director of Lyricist Fellowship Lab, Teaching Firm of America Charter School, Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, in winter/spring 2017. 

Dates: September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, 2018 (12-2 pm)
Location: Bowery Poetry Club, 310 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295