Upper School

The Complete Poet

High-school poets, study with the author of Steep Tea,
named a Best Book of 2015 by Financial Times.

This intensive five-day summer course inducts the high-school poet into the poetic tradition and its innovations, the elements of excellent writing, the practice of feedback, and the know-how of publication. Led by a Financial Times Best Book author and Brearley master teacher, the class meets for a two-hour morning seminar and a two-hour afternoon workshop. In the morning seminars, participants read closely a variety of classic and contemporary poems, moving outwards from the Anglo-American core to world literature, in order to understand their own place in the poetries of our time. The afternoon workshops are devoted to the discussion of participants’ original poems. During lunch, participants meet rotating partners for a poetry date. The class is kept small, from 6 to 12 students. It is open to both boys and girls. Intellectually stimulating and artistically supportive, The Complete Poet gives participants all the skills they need to become serious practitioners of a wonderful verbal art.

A master teacher at the Brearley School, Jee Leong Koh is the author of four books of poetry and a book of essays. His latest book of poems Steep Tea (Carcanet) was named a Financial Times Best Book of 2015. Previous work was selected for the Best New Poets series (University of Virginia) and shortlisted for the Singapore Literature Prize. Koh was awarded writing residencies and fellowships by Kundiman, Soul Mountain Retreat, and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. He studied with Vijay Seshadri, Stephen Dobyns, and Marie Howe at Sarah Lawrence College, Marie Ponsot at 92nd Street Y, Kimiko Hahn at Cave Canem, and Paul Muldoon at Poets House. 

June 15–19, 2020

10 am–3 pm

The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028

The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street | 590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582
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