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An Able Muse Online Masterclass with Aaron Poochigian

Charge! Electricity in Poetry

We all know it—the zap, the frisson that storms the synapses—when we encounter a striking word or phrase in a poem. This class aims to teach the poet how to generate and artfully deploy these electric shocks. With examples drawn from poets ranging everywhere from Philip Larkin to Lucie Brock-Broido, this one-day, two-hour class will provide ample concrete instances from which poets can galvanize their own poetry, as Benjamin Franklin’s kite captured lightning in a key.

Sunday, December 13, 4-6PM EST
regular price $99.95
inaugural price $49.95

Aaron Poochigian earned a PhD in Classics from the University of Minnesota and an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University. A winner of the Able Muse Book Award with Manhattanite (Able Muse Press, 2017), a finalist with The Cosmic Purr (Able Muse Press, 2012), and the current winner of the Richard Wilbur Award, he has also published a book of narrative poetry, Mr. Either/Or (Etruscan Press, 2017), and numerous books of translations with such presses as Penguin Classics and W.W. Norton. His work has appeared in such publications as Best American Poetry, the Paris Review, and POETRY.


Three Award-Winning Able Muse Press Authors Read - Free Admission for All

Able Muse Press Authors Reading

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Three Award-Winning Able Muse Press Authors Read - Free Admission for All

Able Muse Press Authors Reading

Date: Saturday, December 12, 7-8PM EST

Join us for a virtual reading and Q&A with three acclaimed, award-winning Able Muse Press authors--
- Aaron Poochigian with Manhattanite (2017), The Cosmic Purr (2012);
William Baer with New Jersey Noir: Cape May (2021), New Jersey Noir (2018), Times Square and Other Stories (2015);
- Susan de Sola with Frozen Charlotte (2019).

Aaron Poochigian, see above.

William Baer, a recent Guggenheim fellow, is the author of twenty-two books including New Jersey NoirTimes Square and Other StoriesOne-and-Twenty TalesCompanionThe Ballad Rode into TownFormal Salutations: New & Selected PoemsClassic American Films; and The Unfortunates (recipient of the T. S. Eliot Award). A former Fulbright in Portugal, he's also received the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Award and a Creative Writing Fellowship in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Susan de Sola’s poems have appeared in many venues, such as the Hudson Review and PN Review, and in anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2018. She is a winner of the David Reid Poetry Translation Prize and the Frost Farm Prize. She holds a PhD in English from the Johns Hopkins University and has published essays and reviews as Susan de Sola Rodstein. Her photography is featured in the chapbook Little Blue Man. A native New Yorker, she lives near Amsterdam with her family.

Free Admission for All. Sign-Up Required.



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