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Office Hours Poetry Workshop

Provides post-MFA poets continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. The workshop culminates in a public reading each fall and spring to showcase sizzling new work. 

We welcome all poets, especially people of color,  LGBTQ+, and those who are femme-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.  

Each member workshops a poem every session, thus, we curtail membership at or below 7 people to allow for busy schedules. The workshop meets every two weeks following the fall and spring academic calendar. We charge zero fees to join. Interested writers should submit 6 pages of work to be reviewed by the workshop facilitator or drop us a line to learn more! 

Fall 2019 Craft Classes at BGSQD. Classes take place 11:00 AM-1:00 PM with a reading to follow 1:30 PM- 2:30 PM:

Saturday October 26th, 2019 Paco Márquez
Sunday December 8th, 2019 Jericho Brown

Our Fall Showcase Reading is TBD at BGSQD.

*This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Spring 2019 Poetry Workshop Leaders:

Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and currently lives in Brooklyn. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Baltimore Review, Day One, Juked, Narrative Magazine, and Paperbag. A winner of the 2017 Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a 2012 Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Academy of American Poets, Holly first joined Office Hours in 2017.

Paco Márquez is author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). His poetry has appeared in Apogee,Ostrich ReviewLive Mag! and Huizache, among others. As Spanish Editor for William O’Daly, he assisted in translating Pablo Neruda’s initial book, Crepusculario, for the first time into English, Book of Twilight (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). Paco has a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in creative writing from NYU, where he was the poetry editor of Washington Square.Originally from México and Northern California, Paco lives in Manhattan, where he helps run Office Hours, an organization that offers poetry workshops, readings, and craft classes to poets of color, LGTB+, and women-identified. He lives with his partner of 13 years. More at:


Linda Harris-Dolan
Jen Levitt
Christine Malvasi 
Maddie Mori
Paco Marquez
Holly Mitchell
Dacota Pariseau
Elsbeth Pancrazi
Sarah Sala
Victoria Sanz
Irene Villasenor

Michael Broder
Marty Correia
Aimee Herman
Jimena Lucero 
Caitlin McDonnell
Sanjana Nair

Catherine Barnett
CA Conrad
JP Howard
Aldrin Valdez
Candace Williams

Read a recap of Aldrin Valdez’s Craft Class here

Check out a recap of the 2017 Office Hours Spring Showcase here.