welcome

from Coffee-House Poetry organiser, Anne-Marie Fyfe

Tue 24 Nov: Delighted to announce 2020 Troubadour International Poetry Prize winners last night, superb readings of both winning & commended poems, all of which you can now read here, & much wisdom on poetry, & poetry in this peculiar year in particular, from distinguished judges Mona Arshi & Mark Doty, as well as moving & important readings from both, to a truly appreciative (Zoom) full house.

Still some (free, Zoom-room!) seats available for next #poetrymonday (30 Nov @ 8) with Joshua Bennett, below, who, according to last month’s New Yorker, conjures a spirit of kinship that, illuminated by redolent imagery, borders on mythic.

Joshua teaches at Dartmouth College, has read in the White House at President Obama’s invitation, & will talk about his latest Owed (Sep’20) & his Spoken Word: A Cultural History (forthcoming from Knopf) in conversation with Cahal Dallat. Details/booking-info on our #poetrymondays on Zoom! page!

Current courses (4-wk & 7-wk, creative & critical, The Avian Eye, & Between the Lines#5) both fully booked, but do keep an eye on our classes page for future workshops!
  
Stay safe, & all best wishes,

next event

mon 23 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2020 judges mona arshi & mark doty read (online!) with 2020 prizewinners

With winners notified on mon 16 nov & all results embargoed until tonight, this is the first chance to join us online in celebrating the very best poems submitted to Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020, hearing them read by the winning & commended poets, & discovering why our 2020 judges made their choices!

  • Mark Doty is an American poet & memoirist, winner of Stonewall, Robert Creeley, Lambda Literary & National Book Awards & a former Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. His books of essays include Still Life with Oysters and Lemon, memoir includes Firebird & Dog Years, & his 13 poetry collections range from Turtle, Swan (1987) to Deep Lane: Poems (Norton, 2015). His latest publication is What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in my Life (Norton & Cape, April 2020).
  • Mona Arshi worked as a Human Rights lawyer at Liberty before starting to write poetry: her debut, Small Hands won the 2015 Forward Best First Collection Prize, her poems have featured in Poems on the Underground & she was recently commissioned to write a programme on The Odyssey for BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week. Her latest collection is Dear Big Gods (Pavilion Poetry, 2019).

check back later for booking details

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#poetrymondays on Zoom!

  • mon 23 nov, 8pm: troubadour international poetry prize night: 2020 judges mona arshi & mark doty read with 2020 prizewinners (free online event)
  • mon 30 nov, 8pm: joshua bennett: reading & in-conversation (free online event)

See full details of poetry readings

classes & courses

  • sun 8 nov—sun 6 dec, £120: the avian eye: 4-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • mon 12 oct—mon 23 nov, £110: between the lines 5: focus on form, a new 7-wk critical/craft masterclass with cahal dallat
  • sun 4 oct—sun 1 nov, £120: the avian eye: 4-wk creative-writing workshop series with anne-marie fyfe
  • sun 6 sep—sun 4 oct, £120: solitary spaces: creative-writing workshop series on solitude, with anne-marie fyfe

See full details of classes and workshops

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