The Prose Poem

The prose poem—the original hybrid form—has a long and intriguing history. It’s a poem where the unit of composition is not the line, but the sentence. How does a prose poem work? Why write one? Is it an alternate way to wrestle with narrative in poetry? Or is it simply the lyric, but by other means? Where does the prose poem end and flash fiction begin? We’ll plumb all of these potentialities over the six weeks of this workshop, reading and discussing a wide range of examples from Baudelaire and Rimbaud to Russell Edson, Mary Ruefle and Zachary Schomburg as we write and workshop our own prose poems.

Workshop Details


  • Teacher: Gregory Crosby
  • Level: II
  • Dates: Jul 19–Aug 23, 2022
  • Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–9:00 pm (ET)
  • Location: 144 Montague St, Brooklyn
  • Cost: $395
  • Class size: 5–10 students
  • Registration deadline: SUN, JUL 10, 2022
  • Earlybird discount: $15 off through SUN, JUNE 19
Gregory Crosby

Gregory Crosby

Gregory Crosby is the author of Said No One Ever, Walking Away from Explosions in Slow Motion and the chapbooks Spooky Action at a Distance and The Book of Thirteen. For more than a decade he worked as an art critic, columnist and cultural commentator in Las Vegas, where he served as a poetry consultant for the Cultural Affairs Division. He was awarded a Nevada Arts Council Fellowship in Literary Arts and holds an MFA in creative writing from the City College of New York, where he won the 2006 Marie Ponsot Poetry Prize. From 2010 to 2014 he cocurated the Earshot reading series and from 2011 to 2015 he coedited the online poetry journal Lyre Lyre. Currently he is the poetry editor for Bowery Gothic and an adjunct assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches creative writing.