Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DAVID YEZZI Teaches Performance Poetry at 92nd Street Y

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In Your Own Voice: Performing Poetry
A New Class Taught by Poet and Actor DAVID YEZZI

Beginning in February, David Yezzi is teaching a class at the 92nd Street Y on reading poetry—your own and others'—aloud to an audience (very useful for poets and public speakers).

Here's the description: This hands-on performance workshop, combining literary and theatrical practice, looks closely at what makes a poetry reading compelling, clear and resonant. Through textual analysis, vocal technique and group discussion and critique, students will create a pliant and powerful reading style to best serve their work. (Below is Richard Wilbur reading to a crowd at the West Chester University Poetry Conference last year.)

The class runs for eight Tuesdays beginning February 10, 2009 (6:30pm-9:00pm) at the 92nd Street Y (Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street). Cost: $400 for 8 Sessions. No manuscript submission required.

You can read more about it and register at:

David Yezzi

David Yezzi is the Executive Editor of The New Criterion. A former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Mr. Yezzi has contributed poems and criticism to The New York TimesBook Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Poetry, The Yale Review, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere. A former Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University, he is the author of The Hidden Model and, from Aralia Press, the chapbook Sad Is Eros.

Special thanks to Wendy Sloane for forwarding this informatin on behalf of David Yezzi.

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