DoubleTake Poetry
Joan Houlihan
Martha Rhodes

DoubleTake Poetry is an Intensive Master Class led by Joan Houlihan and Martha Rhodes

In this highly selective master class, Houlihan and Rhodes will demonstrate and articulate the critical process by analyzing, discussing and weighing the merits of each poem in front of the group. Both leaders speak on every poem and everyone listens in as both leaders agree or respectfully take issue with each otherís comments, presenting to the writer a rich, multi-dimensional response to her/his poems.

Each participant will have two poems of one page each analyzed. Work will be emailed in advance and each participant will have copies of each otherís poems as well.

This class is for advanced poets interested in a thorough, honest analysis of their work and clear and practical advice for revision.

Limit: 6 poets (2 poems each participant)

Sessions: Saturday, October 29, 9:30am

Hours: 9:30am begin. End depends on group size (no later than 6pm). These hours based on a group of 6 people. If the group is smaller, the hours will be adjusted. We will notify you in advance.


Location: downtown Manhattan (Tribeca). Walk up loft. Cats.

Cost: $375.

Application: Before paying, please fill out this form to apply. Once your application is accepted, you will then be able to participate in as many DoubleTake workshops as you like.


Joan Houlihan

Joan Houlihan is founder and director of the Concord Poetry Center as well as the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. She is author of three books, most recently, The Us (Tupelo Press). Her other books are: Hand-Held Executions: Poems & Essays (2003) and The Mending Worm, (2006) winner of the New Issues Press Green Rose Award. She is author of a series of essays on contemporary American poetry called the Boston Comment and her work has appeared in many journals and magazines, including Boston Review, Poetry, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review and Gettysburg Review and anthologized in The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and The Book of Irish-American Poetry—Eighteenth Century to Present (University of Notre Dame Press). She is staff reviewer for the Contemporary Poetry Review. Ms. Houlihan teaches in Lesley University's low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Columbia University's MFA program in NYC.


Martha Rhodes

Martha Rhodes is the director of Four Way Books, a literary press in New York City and author of four poetry collections: Mother Quiet (Zoo Press, 2004), Perfect Disappearance (winner of The Green Rose Prize, New Issues, 2000), and At the Gate (Provincetown Arts, 1995). Her fourth collection, The Beds, is forthcoming in 2012. She has published widely in magazines and journals including Agni, American Poetry Review, Pleaides, Ploughshares, and TriQuarterly. Her work has appeared in such anthologies as Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, The New American Poets, Last Call, and many others. Ms. Rhodes has taught at Emerson College, New School University, UC at Irvine, and currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence and the Warren Wilson MFA Program. She is the current director of The Frost Place Conference and Festival on Poetry, a member of the faculty of the Fine Arts Work Center, and a core guest editor of the Colrain Manuscript Conference.