Stand-Up Poetry Studio

Stand-Up Poetry Studio

Turn to the living oral literature of stand-up comedy for lessons that apply to your poems

In a world where late-night monologues and panel shows increasingly shape our understanding of world events, stand-up comedy has become one of the most subversive, and persuasive, forms of popular rhetoric. Together, on this short course, we’ll turn to the living oral literature of stand-up comedy for lessons that apply to our poems. Each principle will be drawn from a stand-up routine and further illustrated in works by various poets who have been enchanted by the oral, as well as those who perform in the burgeoning ‘stand-up poetry’ scene today. We’ll dismantle the barriers that separate these disciplines –- throwing together poets like Allen Ginsberg, Basil Bunting, Annie Finch, Denise Levertov, Shakespeare, Marilyn Taylor, Kobayashi Issa and AE Stallings with comics like George Carlin, Louis CK, Stephen Wright, Richard Pryor, Groucho Marx, Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, Eddie Izzard, Billy Connolly, and Stewart Lee –- and tease out ways of infusing our work with the vital energies of passionate speech, stretching our expressive range and making a new music that is anything but decorative. Poets are tricksters, crossing from the mundane to the mystical. But what if entrance is only granted to those who let themselves become entranced? What if this threshold can only be crossed through music?

Poetry Studios are three week intensive courses. Reading material will be distributed before the course begins. There are no live chats so they are suitable for both UK & International students. 

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About Eric Berlin View Profile

Eric Berlin’s work has won the National Poetry Prize 2016 and The Ledge 2014 Poetry Prize and been runner-up for the Manchester Poetry Prize 2016, Ruth Stone Prize, Tor House Poetry Award, Able Muse Write Prize, Allen Ginsberg Award, and Tupelo Quarterly Poetry Prize. He has been granted residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm, and Constance Saltonstall Foundation, and his poems have appeared in Hunger Mountain, North American Review, Jewish Currents, The Poetry Review, and The Rialto among others. Assistant Editor for The Cortland Review, he lives near Syracuse, New York, where he teaches courses such as The Poetics of Stand-up, Ear Training for Poets, and The Poetics of Prayer.

‘The Poetry School has changed my life by providing an international forum for writing and talking about poetry – it is wonderful.’

Spring 2017 Online Survey response

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