“Brooklyn, of ample hills, was mine,” wrote Walt, years ago, and now it’s our turn to capture the borough in verse. Each week, our workshop will take a field trip to a different locale that has inspired the imaginations of poets past and present: Brooklyn Bridge/Brooklyn Bridge Park, Coney Island, Grand Army Plaza/Brooklyn Museum, Fort Greene Park and several stops aboard the East River Ferry. Fortified by ice cream cones and gorgeous views, we will read, write and workshop poetry inspired by landscape and history. Readings will include work by Whitman, Hart Crane, Marianne Moore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Frank O’Hara, Maggie Nelson, Jessica Greenbaum, Lynn Melnick and more.
Leigh Stein is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Dispatch from the Future (Melville House, 2012), a Publishers Weekly pick for Best Summer Books of 2012 as well as a Rumpus Poetry Book Club selection. She is also the author of four chapbooks of poetry: The Future Comes to Those Who Wait (Grey Book Press, 2011), Summer in Paris (Mondo Bummer, 2010), Least Inhabited Island II (H_NGM_N, 2009) and How to Mend a Broken Heart with Vengeance (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). Her first novel, The Fallback Plan (Melville House, 2012), was published to wide acclaim, receiving praise from Elle, O Magazine and New York Magazine, among other places. A former editorial staffer at the New Yorker, Stein has also worked in children’s book publishing and currently teaches poetry to children in the NYC public schools. She co-hosts The Book Report reading series at Le Poisson Rouge and lives in Park Slope.