Poetry, Reading

  • Term: Winter 2023
  • Start Date: February 28, 2023
  • End Date: March 21, 2023
  • Day of Week: Tuesday
  • Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm PT
  • Level: Open to all levels
  • Audience: Adult
  • Location: Online
  • Availability: Full
  • Public Price: $240.00
  • Member Price: $216.00

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Your Favorite Poet’s Favorite Poet

This class has been postponed to the summer quarter (July 3 – September 8). Please check our summer catalog in May. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Every poet must start somewhere—and behind every good writer, is a good reader. Together, we will demystify the idea that poetry is for the select few and explore the art form through the lens of legacy and community. This class will draw from twenty-seven interviews with some of today’s most innovative poets. We'll read and discuss work recommended by Ladan Osman, Ellen Bass, Joseph Millar, Arthur Sze, Hanif Abdurraqib, Kimiko Hahn, Sharon Olds, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Tyehimba Jess, and Toi Derricotte.

Registration dates:

December 5: Scholarship Donation Day (Learn more.)

December 6: Member registration opens

December 13: General registration opens

Emily Sernaker

Emily Sernaker


Emily Sernaker is a writer and human-rights professional based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the Sun, New York Times, Ms. Magazine, McSweeney’s, Los Angeles Review of Books, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Rumpus, New Ohio Review and more. Over the last few years she has teamed up with Brooklyn Public Library to organize free, intergenerational, human-rights poetry programming, including Holding Space for Grief events, an Interfaith Poetry Reading, and Global Citizen poetry classes. She has worked as a staff member at the International Rescue Committee and New York Peace Institute and is currently an adjunct professor at the New School. Go to for more information or follow on social media @Emilysernaker.