Breaking Down Poetry With Purpose

This summer, we’ll take poetry apart and put it back together, turning it inside-out and finding ways to make it our own. Each class will give students the opportunity to focus on a specific element of poetry and experiment with it in their own writing.

Music and poetry come from the same set of traditions that have been passed down for thousands of years. While there are many things that poetry and music have in common, the one that really ties them together is rhythm. In August, we’ll look at all of ways we can create rhythm in poetry, from rhyme and meter to repetition and line breaks. By both listening to songs and reading poems aloud, we’ll discuss what makes our favorite rhythms so memorable and apply these techniques to our own writing.

This Youth Summer Saturday class is intended for ages 13–18. Students of all backgrounds and writing experiences are welcome!

There is a suggested donation of $10 for this workshop, but there is a pay what you can option at registration if this isn’t accessible to you.

Drop-In Details

  • Teacher: Kayla Schwab
  • Date: Saturday, Aug 19, 2023
  • Time: 4:00–5:00 pm
  • Location: 144 Montague
  • Cost: $10 suggested donation

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Kayla Schwab

Kayla Schwab

Kayla Schwab (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based poet, copywriter and yoga teacher. She has been attending the Brooklyn Poets Yawp since July 2018, and she has been an active member of Sweet Action Poetry Collective since 2019. Kayla graduated in 2017 from Vassar College, where she received English Department Honors and was the winner of the Deanne Beach Stoneham Prize for Best Original Poetry. Her work has been published in Stone Pacific ZineIntangible Magazine and Oyedrum, where her poem “Great Expectations” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2021. You can connect with her on Instagram @80smomchic and on Twitter @KaylaAnnSchwab.