No New York poet has ever spent their lunch hour more famously than Frank O’Hara, who—on his breaks from working at the Museum of Modern Art—penned some of the most memorable poems of the twentieth century. In this weekly drop-in class, we’ll follow O’Hara’s lead and take on the material of the city—poems, paintings, oranges, friendships, and instant coffee with slightly sour cream—to generate new work. We’ll talk about what it means to craft poems on the fly and how crucial it is to listen to the inner voice while observing the outer world. Open to writers of any level. New drafts will be created each session, and sharing will be encouraged but optional. (Note that drop-in classes are not a forum for critique of work; students looking for critique should register for multi-week workshops.)
Nicole Callihan writes poems and stories. Her books include SuperLoop and the poetry chapbooks A Study in Spring (with Zoë Ryder White, 2015), The Deeply Flawed Human (2016), Downtown (2017), Aging (2018) and ELSEWHERE (with Zoë Ryder White, 2020). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Colorado Review, Conduit, the American Poetry Review and as a Poem-a-Day selection from the Academy of American Poets. Her novella, The Couples, was published by Mason Jar Press in the summer of 2019. The recipient of fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and Bethany Arts. Nicole is a frequent collaborator with artists and composers around the world, and her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Arabic and Russian.