Innovative Poetry Conference

Check out our New Workshop

Coming this Spring!     

February 15 -16, New York City (SoHo)

Registration is Open for our
New Innovative Poetry Conference


Every poet has a tool kit of literary forms essential to the process of fashioning unique expression. This workshop will focus on deepening and expanding your collection of techniques. Along with providing individualized suggestions to enhance your current practice, we will examine types of poetry that are seldom taught in creative writing classes, such as erasure, the prose poem, image-text hybrids, and “found forms” (like footnote poems, glossary poems, and other templates that are not germane to poetry).
In addition to in-class writing exercises and detailed discussions of your writing, we will examine work by contemporary poets (Jenny Boully, Tommy Pico, Ilya Kaminsky, Yedda Morrison, and Solmaz Sharif). These brief readings and sample poems will be provided in class.
Held in SoHo, the very heart of Manhattan, this workshop offers you an opportunity to experiment, to develop your toolkit, and to take part in a supportive community of contemporary innovative poets.

Enrollment and Logistics 

Each two-day conference meets daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Lodging and meals are not included in the conference fee.


Poets interested in expanding their toolkit as participants, divided into two, intimate groups.


February 15 – 16, New York City (SoHo)

Fee     $950

Work Plan & Pre-conference Assignment

Will be sent to registrants upon payment of tuition

Kristina Marie Darling is the author of thirty-four books, including DIFFICULT: Essays on Contemporary Feminist Poetry (Black Ocean, forthcoming); Look to Your Left: A Feminist Poetics of Spectacle (Akron Poetry Series, forthcoming); Angel of the North (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming in 2023); Je Suis L’Autre: Essays & Interrogations (C&R Press, 2017), which was named one of the “Best Books of 2017” by The Brooklyn Rail; DARK HORSE: Poems (C&R Press, 2018), which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly; and two critical studies on contemporary poetry, which are forthcoming from Clemson University Press and Spuyten Duyvil Press, respectively. She currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press and Tupelo Quarterly, an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Review of Books, a contributing writer at Publishers Weekly, a staff blogger at The Kenyon Review, and a freelance book critic at The New York Times Book Review. In 2019, she was named to the U.S. Fulbright Commission’s roster of Senior Specialists. 

Karla Kelsey’s poetry and prose weave together the lyric with philosophy and history. She is the author of five full-length books, most recently Blood Feather (Tupelo, forthcoming 2020), and a book of speculative essays, Of Sphere (Essay Press, 2017). Poems and prose have appeared in journals such as Bomb, Fence, Conjunctions, New American Writing, The Boston Review, The Colorado Review, The Denver Quarterly, Verse, and Tupelo Quarterly. Her critical essays on poetry, poetics, and pedagogy have appeared in anthologies and literary journals. From 2010-2017 she edited The Constant Critic, Fence Books’ online journal of poetry reviews. With Aaron McCollough she currently co-publishes SplitLevel Texts, a press specializing in book-length hybrid genre projects. A recipient of a Fulbright Scholars grant, she has taught in Budapest, Hungary, and is Professor of Creative Writing at Susquehanna University’s Writers Institute. Visit her website, karlakelsey.com, for more information!

Contact Information

Email: conferences@tupelopress.org
Phone: 413‐664‐9611

Refund Policy: Refund up to 4 weeks prior each conference, less 15% processing fee.