Online Poetry Workshop with Joseph Massey


This 8 week workshop begins January 21. Registration is open now (bottom of this page)



  • 8 week online workshop
  • Starts January 21, 2018
  • Registration $250
  • Limited to 12  participants
  • Each participant will workshop 1 poem per week


How the Workshop Works:

As a working poet, I've read and commented on countless poems by poet friends over the years, and I realized early on that this kind of feedback was essential to my development. And even today, as I work on my sixth book of poetry, it's still essential. We all hear differently. Our poems benefit from those differences. Reader response casts the work in a new light — a light outside of your own space. What we'll achieve during this eight-week workshop is a concentrated version of that exchange. 

Each week you'll post a poem and we'll discuss it. I will respond in detail to your poems. There will be plenty of room, as well, for general discussions about poetry. Think of it as a virtual salon. And since it's virtual, you can check in and check out as you please. You can log in at any time and participate as much or as little as you like. By the end of the eight weeks you'll have a sheaf of poems that have been thoroughly heard and worked on. I look forward to our time together.  

The workshops are run using the Canvas learning management system, a user-friendly, cloud-based education forum.  


About Joseph Massey:

Joseph Massey is the author of What Follows (forthcoming in the fall of 2018 from Wesleyan University Press), Areas of Fog (Shearsman Books, 2009), At the Point (Shearsman Books, 2011), To Keep Time (Omnidawn, 2014), and Illocality (Wave Books, 2015). His books have been reviewed in The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.
His work has also appeared in many journals and magazines, including The Nation, A Public Space, American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, Verse, Western Humanities Review, Quarterly West; and in the anthologies Visiting Dr. Williams: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of William Carlos Williams (University of Iowa Press, 2011), Haiku in English: The First Hundred Years (W.W. Norton & Company, 2013), Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poems for the Next Generation (Viking Penguin, 2015), and The Poem Is You: 60 Contemporary American Poems and How to Read Them (Belknap Press, 2016).

He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. For more information, check out his website:


Read some of my work:  

Three poems in The Academy of American Poets. Poem-A-Day series.

Three poems in Diagram.

Three poems in Hyperallergic.


Reviews of my latest book, Illocality:  (



A Massey poem is a revelation of place.

Stephen Burt, The New York Times


Massey is among the most topographically responsive of modern American poets. In a book of, in the main, very short poems he offers a series of compelling meditations on being, dwelling, landscape, and form.

David Wheatley, Times Literary Supplement


Illocality is a rare specimen in contemporary poetry, where the din of loud, sometimes unnecessarily experimental work can drown out such a quiet and contained voice. These poems are subtle, but sharp. Their formal precision—so nimble on the page—gives way to a rigorous thematic investigation into the nature of intellect itself.

John James, Colorado Review


“No ideas/ but in parking lots,” writes Massey in his fourth collection as he picks up where 2014’s To Keep Time leaves off, this time invoking the specter of William Carlos Williams. He pays close attention to his immediate surroundings, in poems built with a keen ear and in sparse lines that appear luminous on the open space of the page.

Publishers Weekly


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