Like a Poet: Using the Poetic Speaker

with Edward Sambrano III

Genres: Poetry, Reading



6 Sessions

Start Date: April 20, 2024
End Date: May 25, 2024
Day of Week: Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm PT
Capacity: 15 seats
General Price: $386.00

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In this course, participants will focus on how poets use their "poetic speaker"—the perspective in which a poem is written. We will learn to incorporate this device effectively and imaginatively in our own work. The class will read two books of poetry and discuss the poets' use of speakers and other craft elements. Each student will discuss two of their own poems with special attention to this poetic device.


Class format: 

  • Workshop: students submit work for critique from the teacher and class.
  • Reading: class engages in close study of one or more works.
  • Craft Discussion: teachers and students explore essential elements of the craft.
  • Both peer and Instructor feedback given.
  • 4+ hours of writing or reading outside of class.


  • March 12: Member registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 19: General registration opens at 10:30 am PT 
  • March 25: Last day of Early Bird pricing

This class is not eligible for a member discount. Learn more here »

Edward Sambrano III

Edward Sambrano III


Edward Sambrano III is a Latinx poet, critic, and educator from San Antonio, Texas. They received their MFA from the University of Florida, and have received scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. Their writing has appeared in Pleiades, Waxwing, The American Journal of Poetry, and elsewhere. They can be found on Twitter @SambranoPoet

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