Poetry Knockout (Advanced): Four Master Poets, One Class



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Discover the electricity of having four different master poets step in the same class: each teaches two weeks in a row for 10 weeks. The poets bring two of their favorite poems or teaching concepts, two of their writing prompts, and they workshop all the participants poems. (Six people each class.) Since last spring’s inaugural session, we have received countless requests for another round. In this constellation, Erin Belieu will act as the hosting writer by teaching the first and last two weeks, and our outside writers will include Jennifer L. Knox, Chris Hayes, and Rohan Chhetri. Don’t miss it. This class is one of a kind, and it’s breathtaking.

This is will be an advanced class, open to poets who have taken multiple writing classes already. Please email me if you have any questions about it. (If you haven’t taken workshops with Grackle, but have taken plenty of workshops elsewhere, that counts!)

Erin Belieu was born in Nebraska and educated at The Ohio State University and Boston University. She is the author of Infanta, chosen by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series; One Above & One Below, winner of the Midland Authors Prize and Ohioana Poetry Award; Black Box, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist; Slant Six, named one of the ten best books of 2014 by The New York Times; and Come Hither Honeycomb (2020), all published by Copper Canyon Press. Her poems have appeared in places such as The Best American PoetryThe New Yorker, PoetryThe New York TimesThe AtlanticAGNITin House, and The American Poetry Review. Belieu also co-founded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts with poet Cate Marvin. She currently teaches in the University of Houston’s MFA/PhD Creative Writing Program, as well as for the Lesley University low-residency MFA in Cambridge, MA.


Jennifer L. Knox’s most recent book, Crushing It, was published by Copper Canyon Press in Fall 2020. She is the author of four other collections: Days of Shame and Failure (2015), The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway (2010), Drunk by Noon (2007), and A Gringo Like Me (2005), all from Bloof Books. Her poems have appeared in Great American Prose Poems, Best American Erotic PoemsThe New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Granta,  McSweeney’sand five times in The Best American Poetry series. In her series of online poetry writing classes, topics range from the intersections of poetry and true crime to writing beyond the conscious mind. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Council and the Milwaukee County Arts Fund. Jennifer teaches at Iowa State University and is the proprietor of a small spice-blend company called Saltlickers.

Chris Hayes’s first collection of poetry, Hey Y’all Watch This, was published by Barrow Street Press (2020). He has also published poems in The Missouri ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewBeloit Poetry Journal, Hobart, and several other literary magazines. In 2018, he was a runner-up for the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from The Missouri Review. Chris lives and works in Tallahassee, Florida.



Rohan Chhetri is a Nepali Indian poet based in Houston. He is the author of Slow Startle (Emerging Poets Prize, 2015) and a chapbook of poems, Jurassic Desire (Per Diem Poetry Prize, 2017). His second book of poems (Kundiman Poetry Prize 2018) is forthcoming in 2021 from Tupelo Press in the US, and HarperCollins in India. His poems have appeared in New England ReviewTriQuarterlyVinylPrelude, Literary Hub, Poetry Society of America, & has been translated into French for Europe Revue and Terre à ciel.




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