Community, Mentorship, and Exploration of Poetry with Richard Blanco

This 6-month poetry writing intensive includes two one-week long workshops (May 21- 25 and August 27 - September 2)  based in Rockport, plus six months of online community and mentorship with Richard Blanco

This 6-month intensive is not eligible for any promotional offers that may occur.

If you’re craving a more intense and longer-term course to deepen your understanding of poetry and generate new work, this writing intensive is for you.  Perhaps you aren’t seeking an MFA degree—or you already have one and you miss the setting and structure of working with other serious poets and a gifted mentor—then this is the perfect opportunity and choice to develop and explore your poetry.

Engage in an extended study and conversation about poetry and work within a community of fellow writers mentored by Richard Blanco.  This six-month course begins with a week-long workshop residency (May 21-25), on the Maine Media campus. It continues with an on-line community for sharing work and ideas, and monthly reviews of your work by Richard. Return at the end of August (August 28-Sept. 2) for another week-long workshop on campus, exploring interdisciplinary connections to photography, video, and/or book arts in ways that will expand your perceptions of poetry and inspire new possibilities for your work.  In September, October and November you will benefit from another round of monthly reviews of your work by Richard, and continued engagement with the on-line community.

The course is open to participants who’ve previously taken a workshop with Richard, or otherwise studied the fundamentals of the craft.   Submission of up three poems (no more than 6 pages) should accompany your application. Applicants who have not previously studied with Richard should also submit a letter of introduction explaining their background and establishing having previously studied the fundamentals of the craft. All submissions should be sent to (Word format preferred).

The May residency week will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening and end on Thursday, May 25 at 5pm. We will meet throughout most of each day and part of the evenings, immersed in workshop, generative exercises, and group discussions.  Breakfast and lunches are served on campus during this week, dinners will be on your own.  There are many local restaurant options for your dinner meals. 

Sign up early, the course will be limited to no more than fourteen students.

Tuition: $3495

Click here to register now.

About Richard Blanco: 

blanco, richardRichard Blanco is the fifth inaugural poet in U.S. history—the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, the negotiation of cultural identity and place characterize his body of work. He is the author of the memoirs The Prince of Los Cocuyos: A Miami Childhood and For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey; the poetry chapbooks Matters of the SeaOne Today, and Boston Strong; the poetry collections Looking for the Gulf MotelDirections to the Beach of the Dead, and City of a Hundred Fires; and a children’s book of his inaugural poem, “One Today,” illustrated by Dav Pilkey. With Ruth Behar, he recently co-created Bridges to/from Cuba: Lifting the Emotional Embargo, a blog providing a cultural and artistic platform for sharing the real lives and complex emotional histories of thousands of Cubans across the globe. Blanco’s many honors include the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press, the Beyond Margins Award from the PEN American Center, the Paterson Poetry Prize, a Lambda Literary Award, and two Maine Literary Awards. The Academy of American Poets named him its first Education Ambassador in 2015. He has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR’s Fresh Air. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and received honorary doctorates from Macalester College, Colby College, and the University of Rhode Island. He has continued to write occasional poems for organizations and events such as the re-opening of the U.S. embassy in Havana. Blanco shares his time between Bethel, ME and Boston, MA.


In the classroom with Richard                                                                                                                                                         A short video from a workshop lecture by Richard