Reading & Writing through John Wiener’s Selected: A Poetry Workshop

Reading and Writing through John Wiener’s Supplication: A Poetry Workshop from May 8 to June 19, 2016
(Cyberspace and Toronto, ON)

John Wiener’s Supplication: Selected Poems

To inquire about becoming a virtual or in-person student, please contact me at I will gladly send you a sample and answer any questions.

How else to write poetry? Read.

We spend the first hour reading poems (aloud) and another hour writing. The writing portion takes the form of starting points & prompts drawn from the poems as well as those of my own design.

Weekly written materials include introductory and contextualizing commentary, supplemental materials, and inventive writing prompts.

Workshops for virtual students culminate with a one-on-one 20-minute consultation with me. For Toronto poets, it concludes with in-class reviews of mini-manuscripts as a community of poets.

All students receive weekly written materials regardless of whether virtual or in-person and unable to attend the class in real time.

There is an optional Google video call feature. A recording is shared via a Google Drive folder.

More Details on the Workshop:
Both in-person and virtual students find this weekly engagement generates poems, provides insight on revisions of older work, gives new understanding to poetics, and inspires the reworking of dusty manuscripts.

Attendance occurs in cyberspace: weekly written materials include supplemental essays, images, sound files, links, and the like.

In-person poets meet in my home near Chester Station from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Required text:
Supplication: Selected Poems by John Wieners, Wave Books

Suggested texts:
Stars Seen in Person, Selected Journals of John Wieners, City Lights

A New Book from Rome, John Wieners, Bootstrap Books

The Selected Correspondence of John Wieners and Charles Olson, Lost & Found Series, CUNY

History of the Workshop, Cost and How to Join:
I have led poetry workshops like this one for 17 years. An essay on the class is included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010).

Please write to me at to inquire about enrollment. Tuition guarantees your seat.

If you are in Toronto, please don’t delay—seats are limited.

Cost for this 7 session series is only $90 USD **

PayPal payments should be sent to

This shared account is under my partner’s name (Dale Smith); funds come to me.

Checks, cash, payment schedules, and Interac also accepted. Please inquire.


** For those living in Canada, payment can be made in CAD: toggle the currency arrow.



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