Poetry Surgery with Elena Karina Byrne

Poetry Surgery with Elena Karina Byrne

In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Elena Karina Byrne.

This is a rare opportunity for feedback on your work from celebrated editor, poet, and tutor Elena Karina Byrne, author of If This Makes You Nervous (Omnidawn, 2021), previous regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, and a judge for this year’s Laurel Prize. 

Elena will spend 22 September resident with the Poetry School, with four 1-hour slots available, for in-depth one-to-one discussion on your poetry; so, book a slot and prepare a selection of poems-in-progress for advice and guidance. 

The following slots are available (all times given in BST): 


Sessions for this course will take place at Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. 

To book your session with Elena, click ‘purchase course’ and then select a slot from the drop-down menu. You may submit up to 6 poems of no more than 150 lines total. Poems should be sent to [email protected] no less than 2 weeks before your session. 

More information about how our In-Person Courses work can be found on the In-Person Courses page. If you have any questions or wish to be added to the waiting list of a sold-out course, please email [email protected] 

About Elena Karina Byrne View Profile

Elena Karina Byrne is a private editor, freelance lecturer, Programming Consultant & Poetry Stage Manager for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the 2022 co-judge for the international Laurel Prize, and Literary Programs Director for the historic Ruskin Art Club. Former 12-year Regional Director of the Poetry Society of America, Elena served as a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books, one of the final judges for the Kate and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Awards in Poetry from 2016-2018, and visiting speaker for the 2018–2019 ten university consortia in the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Her lecture and teaching artist positions include the University of Southern California, Poetry Barn, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, Claremont Graduate University, Todos Santos Writing Workshops, The Los Angeles Film School, and elsewhere. A Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry recipient, Elena’s five collections of poetry include If This Makes You Nervous (Omnidawn, 2021) and No Don’t (What Books Press, 2020). Elena’s writing screenplays while completing her collection of “interrupted” essays entitled Voyeur Hour: Poetry, Art, Film, & Desire.

'The quality of the course I attended attests to the evident effort the Poetry School goes to to attract knowledgeable tutors with valuable first-hand experience to share.'

- Spring 2022 survey response

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