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Poetry Center

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Poetry Center

823 South High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Mailing Address:
817 South High Street
Swope Music Building
ATTN: Cyndy Pilla
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3235

2017 Poetry Conference

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The 2017 West Chester University Poetry Conference is Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10, 2017.

R. S. "Sam" Gwynn is the Program Director for the Poetry Conference. Sam brings a wealth of experience as a conference attendee, faculty member, and highly respected poet.

West Chester Poetry Conference Poet Emeritus: X. J. Kennedy
West Chester Poetry Conference Poet Laureate: Molly Peacock

Keynote Speaker: A. E. Stallings

Workshops and Critical Seminars (click on this header for descriptions)
All three-day workshops and critical seminars are 1 - 3 p.m.
Enrollment in each workshop and seminar is limited. Register early for best selection.
To learn more about each poet, click on their name.

The Contemporary Sonnet - Rebecca Foust
The Ekphrastic Muse - Molly Peacock
Light Verse and Parody - Melissa Balmain and Frank Osen
Master Class, reserved for poets who have published a full length collection - A. E. Stallings
Finding Your Form - William Logan and Debora Greger
Rhyming and Competing with John Whitworth
Blank Verse and the Iambic Line - Mark Jarman
The Dramatic Voice - Leon Stokesbury

Verses and Voices: Poetic Translation Seminar - Dick Davis
The Achievement of Stevie Smith Seminar - Gregory Dowling and Moira Egan

One Day Workshops
One-day workshops are 10 - 11:30 a.m. Each one day workshop is an additional $100
Thursday: The Non-Metrical Line - Robert Archambeau
Friday: (In)Formal Inventions - Hailey Leithauser

Resident Poets:
Tony Barnstone, Juliana Gray, George Green, Julie Kane
Attendees may schedule a 30 minute consultation with a resident poet.

Annie Finch and Emily Grosholz - The Greate Debate II: Women's Poetry or a Woman's Poetry
Anna Yin - Coordinator of Open Readings at the Poetry House
Ned Balbo and Jane Satterfield - Hosts of after-hours at the Poetry House

Saturday evening concert: The Scarlet Letter (Concert Version) by Lori Laitman and David Mason - Purchase Tickets

Registration includes a three-day workshop or critical seminar, all panels and readings, lunch and dinner Wednesday through Saturday, and the Saturday evening concert.

Registration is $795 until April 15, $895 thereafter.
Registration with housing is $995 until April 15, $1,095 thereafter, and includes 4 nights - Wednesday through Saturday - in University housing.
Tuesday night may be added for an additional $50.


Poetry House
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383

R.S. "Sam" Gwynn, Program Director

Senior Interns
Andrew Baranek
Luke Bauerlein
Luke Stromberg

Registration form


Scholarship information


Registration at Swope Music Building
817 S. High Street
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.