Faculty & Featured Poets

PBPF_2016_8POETS_WEB_1100X35012th Annual Festival Faculty included: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Carl Dennis, Denise Duhamel, Carol Frost, Thomas Lux, Tom Sleigh, Mary Szybist, and Kevin Young. Special Guest is Robert Hass, and performance poets are Dominique Christina and Mark Kelly Smith, founder of the poetry slam. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison.

Workshops are limited to 12 qualified participants and three auditors to provide a meaningful level of discussion, and careful, informed attention to your work. Beginning poets, or those shy about sharing their poems, may consider auditing as a great way to learn by observing and listening. Apply online to attend a workshop as a participant or auditor.

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Workshop Faculty
DAVID BAKER
David Baker has published fourteen books including his most recent poetry collection, Never-Ending Birds (2009, W. W. Norton), winner of the 2011 Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, and Talk Poetry: Poems and Interviews with Nine ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with DAVID BAKER 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
TINA CHANG
TINA CHANG was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be named Poet Laureate of Brooklyn and is the author of the collections of poetry Of Gods & Strangers (2011) and Half-Lit Houses (2004). She ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with TINA CHANG 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
LYNN EMMANUEL
Lynn Emmanuel is the author of five books of poetry: Hotel Fiesta, The Dig, Then, Suddenly—, Noose and Hook, and most recently, The Nerve of It:  New and Selected Poems.   Her work has been featured in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with LYNN EMANUEL 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
DAISY FRIED
DAISY FRIED is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (University of Pittsburgh, 2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013, My Brother is Getting Arrested Again (University of ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with DAISY FRIED 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
TERRANCE HAYES
Terrance Hayes is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow.  How To Be Drawn (Penguin 2015), his most recent  collection of poems, was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award, and ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with TERRANCE HAYES 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
DORIANNE LAUX
DORIANNE LAUX is the author of several poetry collections, most recently Facts about the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award, and The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. The recipient of many national ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with DORIANNE LAUX 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
THOMAS LUX
THOMAS LUX is Bourne Professor of Poetry at The Georgia Institute of Technology. He directs the McEver Visiting Writers Program and Poetry@Tech. He has published over a dozen books of poetry; his most recent is Selected ... Read more >
WORD BY WORD, LINE BY LINE with THOMAS LUX
We will pay close attention, in minute detail, to all the elements that go into writing a poem. So: we’ll do word by word, line by line readings. Frost said that the primary way to get to the reader’s heart and mind is through the reader’s ear. The sound, the noise of a poem, demands our attention. We must be tough, honest and direct with each other’s work and also be generous, thoughtful and never condescending or dismissive. A good workshop can do both. Bring in three or four poems, seventeen copies of each, for discussion. Read more >
MARTHA RHODES
MARTHA RHODES is the author of four collections of poetry: At the Gate, Perfect Disappearance (Green Rose Prize), Mother Quiet, and The Beds. Her poems have been published in journals such as Agni, Columbia, Fence, New ... Read more >
A WORKSHOP with MARTHA RHODES 2017
Full workshop description forthcoming. Read more >
Conference Faculty
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN
SALLY BLIUMIS-DUNN teaches Modern Poetry at Manhattanville College. She received her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence e in 2002. Her poems have appeared in  Bellevue Literary Review, New Ohio Review, the NYT, Paris Review, PBS NewsHour, ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $95, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 9, 2015.         Conferences are ... Read more >
NICKOLE BROWN
NICKOLE BROWN’s books include her debut, Sister, a novel-in-poems (Red Hen Press, 2007) and Fanny Says, a biography-in-poems of her grandmother to be published by BOA Editions in May 2015. She studied at Oxford University ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $95, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 9, 2015.         Conferences are ... Read more >
GINGER MURCHISON
GINGER MURCHISON together with Thomas Lux, founded POETRY at TECH, where she served as associate director five years and has been one of its McEver Visiting Chairs in Poetry since 2009. A three-time Pushcart nominee, she ... Read more >
OPTIONAL ONE-ON-ONE CONFERENCES
Additional focus on your work is available in individual one-hour conferences on up to 10 pages of poetry. Conference Faculty: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Ginger Murchison. Applicants may request a conference with their application. Appointments will be confirmed upon acceptance to a workshop, first-come-first served. Requests for conferences may be made early, along with applications and will be accepted until December 1st. Manuscripts are due to faculty for review by December 10th. The cost is $95, payable upon confirmation. A great opportunity! You may submit an application between now and November 9, 2015.         Conferences are ... Read more >