Spread your wings and take flight as we delve into discovering the influence that poetry has had throughout history. Differentiate the elements of poetry and how they are the building blocks in creating a poem. Why do haiku follow a 5 7 5 pattern? When was Blackout poetry originally conceived? Who popularized villanelle?  We are all poets but it takes confidence for us to know it.

By the end of the program you will be able to identify and distinguish varying styles of poetry and know how to properly construct and compose pieces such as limerick, sonnets and many more.

What We See As Art

May Come Off As A Surprise

Words Can Become Art

A Deep Dive Into the History of Poetry

Weekly Topics

Week 1: Acrostic Poetry

Week 2: Haiku

Week 3: Limerick

Week 4: Blackout Poetry

Week 5: Ballads

Week 6: Pastoral Poetry

Workshop Schedule

*Six classes delivered once a week on Sunday’s from 11:00am- 11:45am*

*Classes from March 21- May 2*

~There will be no class on April 4~

Meet the Team


Andrew Wright


Andrew Wright is a Junior at SUNY New Paltz majoring in digital media production. While growing up with ADHD, Andrew felt as though writing stories and reading books start to finish was as difficult as climbing Mount Everest. When he was first introduced to poetry he was astonished that entire stories could be written in very few words or sentences. Andrew believes that the purpose of writing is to get every last feeling from pen to paper but the beauty of poetry is harnessing those feelings into a single page and his goal for students is to gain that same appreciation for the art of poetry that he acquired way back when.


Michelle Michalko


Art is a way of life for Michelle Michalko. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelors of Science in Visual Arts and a background in Business Management. Michelle is an Arts Educator at the Boys and Girls Club of Newburgh and Poughkeepsie, children's book illustrator for Oh,Tree!, and owns an eclectic online oddity shop called Aberrant&Co.

"Poet and I Know It"