The Chicago School of Poetics Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

CHICAGO, The Chicago School of Poetics is an online school that offers compelling poetry classes without the MFA time commitment, pressure, or price tag. Founded in Chicago in 2011 by poet Francesco Levato, The School places an emphasis on craft. Instructors at The School focus on the merits of student writing on its own terms. Courses offered at The School allow students to refine their work in a collaborative—not competitive—environment. Students understand the writing process from the inside by observing firsthand how the instructors work in order to gain the critical distance necessary to write more resonant poetry. Website:

Online courses with real-time video offer valuable access to the vibrant community of Chicago poetry for anyone worldwide. Students at The School have participated from locations in Australia, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Morocco, the Philippines, Singapore, Scotland, and nationwide. Class sizes are limited to maximize time with the instructor.

Master classes have included renowned poets Ron Silliman, Charles Bernstein, Eileen Myles, and Pierre Joris.

The current master class, led by poet CAConrad, runs Saturday, October 18, 2014, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. CST. Now accepting registrations. Discounts are available for those in financial need. CONTACT:

Francesco Levato, Founder and Director;
Larry Sawyer, Co-Director;
Laura Skokan, Program Director;
Douglas Luman, Intern

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