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December 6, 2019—December 8, 2019

Brooklyn Poets: Poetry & the Contemplative Mind

Join us for the inaugural Brooklyn Poets Hudson Valley Retreat the weekend of December 6–8, 2019, as we draw upon contemplative practices and the art of poetry to seek deeper engagement with ourselves, each other, the world around us, and our own work. Award-winning poets Laura Eve Engel, Jason Koo, Dorothea Lasky and Javier Zamora will lead morning poetry classes on Saturday and Sunday devoted to writing new material and small-group afternoon workshops providing feedback on previously written work. Students and faculty will share their work in evening poetry readings on Friday and Saturday nights. Rozanne Gold, award-winning food writer, end-of-life doula, and former trustee of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, will serve as our retreat host and meditation guide for the weekend.

Register early by October 23 to take $100 off registration and unlock three installment payments. Register between October 24 and Nov 6 to take $50 off registration and pay in two installments. Register between November 7 and 20 to pay full price all at once. Members can take $25 off registration when it reaches full price.

Single registration: $745 (by Oct 23) – $795 (by Nov 6) – $845 (by Nov 20)

Double registration: $695 (by Oct 23) – $745 (by Nov 6) – $795 (by Nov 20)

Dormer registration: $665 (by Oct 23) – $715 (by Nov 6) – $765 (by Nov 20)

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Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books, 2019). A recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in the Nation, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She has taught courses in creative writing, literature and composition at the University of Houston, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Fordham University, among other places, and for ten years she worked with high-school-age writers and new teachers at the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop, where she served as residential program director from 2012 to 2017. A musician in the off-hours, she’s one half of a band called The Old Year.

Named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture” by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He is the author of the poetry collections More Than Mere Light, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island and coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology. The winner of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute, he earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an associate teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University and lives in Williamsburg.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of Milk (Wave, 2018), Rome (Norton/Liveright, 2014), Thunderbird (Wave, 2012), Black Life (Wave, 2010) and Awe (Wave, 2007). She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry Is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), and coeditor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, an EdM in Arts in Education from Harvard and an EdD in Creativity and Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, codirects Columbia Artist/Teachers and lives in Bed-Stuy.

Javier Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He holds a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied and taught in June Jordan’s Poetry for the People program. He earned an MFA from New York University and was recently a 2016–18 Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Zamora has been granted fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, MacDowell Artist Colony, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and Yaddo. The recipient of a 2017 Lannan Literary Fellowship, the 2017 Narrative Prize, and the 2016 Barnes and Noble Writer for Writers Award, Zamora’s poems appear in Granta, the Kenyon Review, Poetry, the New York Times and elsewhere. Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon, 2017) is his first poetry collection.