Monday, December 28, 2020

Spring 2021 Virtual Poetry Intensive Workshop with Maria Gillan and Laura Boss

Though poets Maria Mazziotti Gillan and Laura Boss are still unable to host their very popular Poetry Intensive Weekend Retreat in-person, they will be offering an online version for spring 2021.

Maria and Laura will lead the workshops just as they do when they have a workshop at the retreat house in Mendham. They will both will take half the group in each session so that all participants have a chance to work with both poets. They will both use the same writing prompts.

This two-session workshop will be held March 13, 2021 and  April 17, 2021. 

The workshops are full at this time, but there is a waiting list and if interest is strong, another group (limited to 20 participants) will be created. 
The fee for these virtual Zoom workshops is $60 for both days. If you’re interested, please e e-mail Smita Desai at and ask to be put on the waiting list. 

In these workshops, participants will draft poems and share that work with the group in a supportive environment. Everyone will leave with stimulating writing exercises/prompts leading to the creation of new work and have opportunities to read their work aloud and receive encouragement

These intensives also help you enter a community of writers and networking opportunities for future work.

As always, Maria and Laura will lead the workshops just as they do when they have a workshop at the retreat house in Mendham. Both will take half the group each time so that everybody gets a chance to work with both of them. They will also use the same prompts.

Laura Boss
is a first-place winner of PSA’s Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. Founder and editor of Lips, she is the recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships, and in June 2011 received the first International Poetry Award at the International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. Her books include: Reports from the Front (CCC), Arms: New and Selected Poems and Flashlight (both Guernica). She co-edited with John Gallaher, Time Is a Toy:  Selected Poems of Michael Benedikt (University of Akron, 2014).  Her most recent book of poems is The Last Lover (NYQ, 2017). Her poems have appeared in The New York Times. Visit her website:


Maria Mazziotti Gillan is the winner of the 2014 George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature from AWP, the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and 2008 American Book Award for her book, All That Lies Between Us. She is the Founder/Executive Director of the Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, editor of the Paterson Literary Review, and starting September 2018, has been appointed a Bartle Professor at Binghamton University—SUNY and Professor Emerita of English and creative writing. She has published 23 books, including What Blooms in Winter (NYQ Books, 2016) and Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets (Cat in the Sun Books, 2014). Visit her website at

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