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November 30, 2018—December 2, 2018

Robert Polito and Adam Fitzgerald: Along the Margins of Voice

Along the Margins of Voice:
Writing, Reading & Performance in the 21st Century

There are limited number of partial scholarships available from the Angell Foundation for those with financial need. Apply here.

A voice might incarnate and summon an entire world in a few phrases, but voices also probe, interrogate, and dismantle worlds. Join renowned writers, Robert Polito and Adam Fitzgerald, and teaching artist Jayson P. Smith, for a weekend of conversation and experimentation around the notion of voice. This multi-generational, inclusive retreat at the Garrison Institute is designed to ignite writers with new possibilities in poetry and the concept of genre itself–for many of us, poetry is the new nonfiction and nonfiction is the new poetry.

The many options for voice create dimensions suited to the current historical moment of multiple, fragmented selves amid social, political, and moral challenges. Spend a weekend pushing your own understanding of voice, exchanging ideas with other creative minds, and honoring your writing practice on the beautiful grounds of a former Capuchin monastery on the Hudson. 

Between classes, you will have the opportunity to share delicious, nourishing meals with your teachers and classmates, unwind in the saunas, participate in guided meditations, and attend a Saturday night performance by Meredith Monk. This illuminating weekend will rejuvenate your practice and your spirit.  

Jayson P. Smith will also be in attendance as a teaching artist and will assist in developing and leading the workshops throughout the weekend.

Created and moderated by award-winning author Rozanne Gold. 


Robert Polito is a poet, essayist, editor, and biographer. His most recent books are the poetry collection Hollywood & God and Farber on Film: The Complete Film Writings of Manny FarberHollywood & God was chosen by Barnes and Noble as one of the top five poetry books of 2010. Polito received a National Book Critics Circle Award for Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson. He is also the author of the poetry collection Doubles, as well as A Reader’s Guide to James Merrill’s The Changing Light at Sandover, and a study of Byron’s poetry. His poems and reviews, criticism, and essays on literature, film, and popular music have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including The New YorkerArtforum, HarpersThe BelieverBookforum, The Poetry Foundation website, Best American EssaysBest American Poetry, and Best American Film Writing. The founding director of the Graduate Writing Program and the Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy at the New School, he served as President of the Poetry Foundation in Chicago (2013-2015), before returning to New York and the New School. He is working on a new collection of poems, as well as on a pair of nonfiction books—on noir; and Bob Dylan.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade and George Washington, both published by W. W. Norton’s historic Liveright imprint. He is poetry editor for Literary Hub and founding director of The Home School. Recent poems can be found in The New Yorker, Granta, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Boston Review and elsewhere. He teaches at Rutgers University and lives in Alphabet City.  You can find more about his work, interviews and writings on his site.  


Jayson P. Smith (they/them) is an artist, educator, and curator from the Bronx, NY. Jayson’s work appears in West Branch, Gulf Coast, and The Offing, among others. A 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Poetry, Jayson has received previous fellowships from The Poetry Project (Emerge-Surface-Be 2016, sel. by John Godfrey), Callaloo, The Conversation, Crescendo Literary, and Millay Colony for the Arts. Jayson is also an alum of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. 

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Commuter Rate (no bedroom)
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