Playing with the Sonnet

In this weekly drop-in class, we’ll focus on the American sonnet: how the form is being subverted and advanced by contemporary writers. We’ll spend an hour together reading sonnets by Diane Seuss, Terrance Hayes, Wanda Coleman, C.T. Salazar, Nicole Sealey and more. We’ll look at the structures and themes of a few exemplar texts each week and try writing our own sonnets and un-sonnets in the spirit of discovery and innovation. All of this in service of uncovering and refining our own poetic voices in the process. This workshop is for anyone who wants to f**k around and have some fun. No expertise required. 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.)

Drop-In Details


  • Teacher: Seth Leeper
  • Dates: Jan 10–Feb 28, 2023
  • Time: Tuesdays, 5:00–6:00 pm
  • Location: 144 Montague
  • Cost: $23 in advance / $25 at the door
    $20 for members anytime

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Seth Leeper

Seth Leeper

Seth Leeper is a queer poet. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Sycamore Review, River Styx, Salamander, the Account, and Always Crashing. A 2022 Brooklyn Poets Fellow, he holds an MA in special education from Pace University and BA in creative writing and fashion journalism from San Francisco State University. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. He tweets @sethwleeper.