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 Anton at


Starting September 16th:
Imagery, Efficiency, and Poetry in the Digital World
5-week Workshop with reg e gaines

Starting October 21st:
Not Funny Ha-Ha: Slam Poetry Workshop
5-Week Workshop with Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Starting 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

Starting October 21st, 2018

Not Funny Ha-Ha: Slam Poetry Workshop

5-week workshop w/ Melissa Lozada-Oliva
12-2pm Sundays // Starts October 21st

Slam poets are just like stand-up comedians except they are more decorative & OKAY with their depression. JK, LOL, it’s not that simple. BUT, the aim of this workshop is to look at the way humor & sadness often intersect with one another. We will learn how successful jokes & successful metaphors use the same formulas; examine different forms of humor (such as irony, hyperbole & meme culture); learn that confidence in performance is just illusion & how to honor our ability as poets to tell the truth. Were those the best uses of semi-colons? I truly don’t know. Ultimately, this is about how to be a good storyteller & how this involves accessing all of your charms, baby!   

Melissa Lozada-Oliva is a spoken word poet & educator whose fierceness and charm have made her a near-instant slam poetry phenomenon. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion, a Brenda Moosey Video Slam Champion, and the author of the chapbook Plastic Pájaros. Her poem "Like Totally Whatever" scored the highest at the National Poetry Slam finals, propelling her team to victory and herself into the national spotlight, appearing on Upworthy, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and countless other media outlets.

Dates: October 21, October 28, November 4, November 11, November 18, 2018 (12-2 pm)
Location: Bowery Poetry Club, 310 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
Tuition: $295

Additional Fall 2018 Workshops to be announced soon.