Poetry

 
The Poetry concentration at Columbia is one of the strongest and most rigorous in the country. The program’s focus is, always, on students’ creative work, but we also emphasize an in-depth study of poetry and poetics unlike any other curriculum offered elsewhere. In a given semester, poetry students participate in a hands-on, intense, and scrupulously supportive workshop while also enrolling in seminars, lectures, and Master Classes designed to stimulate and expand their creative aspirations and to deepen their critical engagement with the art. Aesthetic diversity prevails at Columbia—there is no such subgenre as the “Columbia Poem”—as does an authentic and profound sense of community. Our full-time faculty comprises Lucie Brock-Broido, Timothy Donnelly, and Dorothea Lasky; our recent adjunct faculty has included such exceptional poets and educators as Mark Bibbins, Maria Damon, Emily Fragos, Alan Gilbert, Cathy Park Hong, Richard Howard, Ada Limón, Eileen Myles, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, Alice Quinn, Roger Reeves, Mónica de la Torre, and Mark Wunderlich. Recent visitors have included Rae Armantrout, Mary Jo Bang, Josh Bell, Stephen Burt, Peter Gizzi, Jorie Graham, Paul Muldoon, Claudia Rankine, and Marjorie Welish. The many employment opportunities offered to our students include internships at the Academy of American Poets, The New Yorker, Parnassus, Poetry Society of America, Poets House, and the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd St. Y, among others. Our goal is to help students to realize the best version of the poet they know themselves to be. Accordingly, their experience at Columbia culminates with the Thesis Workshop— the most intense delving into their work—in which each student meets weekly with a faculty mentor and a small number of cohorts to critique his or her growing body of work, to discuss its further development, and to shape it into a prelude to a first book of poems.
 

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On a blustering Sunday evening, a blur of poets, novelists, actors, musicians, and artists seemed to blow into the velvety auditorium of the American Academy of Arts and Letters for the memorial event and celebration of the life of Mark Strand. Jessica Strand, daughter of the Pulitzer prize-winning poet and Columbia professor, offered warm opening remarks and explained the purpose of the tribute: “To give you a sense of the man . . . not to dwell in the sadness of our loss, but to celebrate the beauty and grace of my father.” more
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Spring 2015 Poetry Courses
 
 
Open Workshops (6 points)
 
Richard Howard / Tuesday, 4:15 pm - 7:15 pm
Cathy Park Hong / Wednesday, 12:40 pm - 3:40 pm
Mark Bibbins / Thursday, 2:10 pm - 5:10 pm
 
 
Thesis Workshops (9 points)*
 
Mark Wunderlich / Monday, 12:05 pm - 4:05 pm
Lucie Brock - Broido / Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Timothy Donnelly / Tuesday, 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 
 
Seminars
 
 
Maria Damon (P) / Poetry by Strange People and Phenomena  (Micropoetries)
Monday, 4:10 pm - 6:10 pm
 
Ada Limón (P) / Poetry and Place in the Modern Landscape
Tuesday, 11 am - 1 pm
 
Roger Reeves (P) / Scarcity, Excess, and Doubt
Tuesday, 2:10 pm - 4:10 pm
 
 
Lectures
 
Alice Quinn / Tone, Tempo, Atmosphere, and the Pictorial Aspect in Prose and Poetry
Monday, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
 
 
 

 
 


 
 
 


 
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