Nonfiction, Poetry

  • Term: Summer 2022
  • Start Date: July 31, 2022
  • End Date: July 31, 2022
  • Day of Week: Sunday
  • Time: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Level: Introductory
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: In Person
  • Availability: Yes
  • Public Price: $90.00
  • Member Price: $81.00

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The Art and Craft of Writing Poetry Book Reviews (IN-PERSON)

Reviewing poetry not only supports the work of other poets, but also teaches the art of "close reading" and will inevitably improve your own writing. In class, you will learn how a poetry review differs from other types of reviews, discover what type of reviewer you are, and practice writing a short "reader review." Support and resources for getting your reviews published will be offered. Bring one to two books of poetry that you have read recently to class. They can be books that you love, or ones that you feel so-so about.

This class may be moved online for some or all sessions depending on the COVID-19 public health guidelines and Hugo House’s current in-person program policy. We are monitoring the situation daily. Hugo House prioritizes the health of our students and staff.

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Risa Denenberg

Risa Denenberg


Risa Denenberglives on the Olympic peninsula in Washington state where she works as a nurse practitioner and volunteers with End of Life Washington. She is a co-founder and editor at Headmistress Press, publisher of lesbian/bi/trans poetry and curator of The Poetry Café, an online meeting place where poetry chapbooks are celebrated and reviewed. Her poetry and poetry book reviews have been published widely.