Writers from the Fall 2018 Office Hours Poetry Workshop will read the innovative poetry they’ve developed over the course of five workshop sessions. Our free workshop provides post-MFA poets access to continued support for manuscript-development and everyday writing. We welcome all poets, especially people of color, LGBTQ+, and those who are woman-identified. Our name derives from our side hustle. Many of us are freelance, adjunct instructors, who continue to thrive in the margins of academia.
Marty Correia, Linda Harris Dolan, Jimena,, Jen Levitt, Paco Márquez, Caitlin Grace McDonnell, Holly Mitchell, Madeleine Mori, Elsbeth Pancrazi, Dacota Pratt-Pariseau, Sarah Sala, Victoria Sanz, and Irene Villaseñor.
Marty Correia’s work has appeared in The Mailer Review, Cagibi, FUSE, Punk Soul Poet, Lady Business, Sinister Wisdom and Flock. Marty produces the reading series: A Tribe Called Butch and is a memoir manuscript editor. A graduate of NYU’s creative writing MFA program, Marty recently finished Pigeon Mothers, a novel set in 1986 in Bridgeport, CT and Coney Island, NY. She is represented by the Frances Goldin Literary Agency and has lived in the East Village with her spouse Kate Conroy since 1996.
Linda Harris Dolan is a poet, editor, and professor. She holds an M.A. in English & American Literature from NYU, and an M.F.A in Poetry from NYU, where she was a Starworks Creative Writing Fellow. She’s former Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review and is currently a freelance editor. She teaches at Rutgers University. Her work appears in Barrow Street, Breakwater Review, Cordella Magazine, No Dear Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The Grief Diaries, Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine, and Roanoke Review. Her poems have also been featured in the performance series, Emotive Fruition. She’s a 2016 Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee.
Jimena is a poet & artist born and raised in NYC. She’s a first generation Mexican-American trans woman. She graduated from Hunter College with a B.A. in English. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. She is a Pink Door fellow (2019) and she curates events centered on QTPOC [with disabilities.]
Jen Levitt is the author of The Off-Season (Four Way Books, 2016). She received her MFA from NYU, and her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Literary Review, Sixth Finch, Tin House and elsewhere. She lives in New York City and teaches high school students.
Paco Márquez is author of the chapbook Portraits in G Minor (Folded Word Press, 2017). His work has appeared in Apogee, Ostrich Review, Live 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). His work has been supported by New York University, The Center for Book Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Originally from México and Northern California, Paco lives in New York City with his partner of 12 years. More at: www.pacomarquez.net
Caitlin Grace McDonnell was a New York Times Fellow in poetry at NYU and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her poems and essays have been published widely, and she published a chapbook of poems “Dreaming the Tree” (belladonna 2003) and a book “Looking for Small Animals” (nauset press 2012). Currently, she teaches English at CUNY, lives in Brooklyn with her nine-year-old daughter, and is at work on novel.
Holly Mitchell is a poet from Kentucky, now based in New York. A winner of an Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a Gertrude Claytor Prize from the Academy of American Poets, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in several journals, including Baltimore Review, Juked, Slice, and Paperbag.
Madeleine Mori is a Japanese-American poet originally from San Francisco. She received a BS in Wine and Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has appeared in BOAAT, Cosmonauts Avenue, Salt Hill, and Sixth Finch, among others. She received an MFA from New York University, where she served as a Poetry Editor of Washington Square Review, and was the recipient of the 2017 Lucille Clifton Memorial Scholarship from the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. She is the Guest Poetry Editor at Aperçus and lives in Brooklyn.
Elsbeth Pancrazi is the author of Full Body Pleasure Suit, which was the 2016 Tavern Books Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Selection. She has been recognized for her writing as a Poets House Fellow and an artist-in-residence at Caldera Arts in Sisters, Oregon. She is working on a new book starring the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
Dacota Pratt-Pariseau is a Vermont poet. She has an MFA from NYU and has been published in Prelude and Bodega Magazine. She currently lives in Harlem.
Sarah Sala‘s debut poetry collection, Devil’s Lake, was a finalist for the 2017 Subito Book Prize, and her poem “Hydrogen” was featured in the “Elements” episode of NPR’s hit show Radiolab. The founder of Office Hours Poetry Workshop, she’s currently at work on Migrainer, a lyric essay examining the interstices of migraine and creativity.
Victoria Sanz is a Latina Miami native living in Brooklyn. She holds degrees in English, American Sign Language, and Poetry. She currently teaches 2s and 3s at Maple Street School, and is working toward her doula certification. Some of her work can be found in Phantom Limb, smoking glue gun, and SWWIM.
Irene Villaseñor is a multidisciplinary artist. She’s pursuing a MFA in Art Writing and Art Criticism at the School of Visual Arts to work on a manuscript about contemporary Indigenous art. Her poem “10 Truths and a Lie” is included in Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color (Nightboat Books, May 2018). She’s also written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. Irene was interviewed for the book It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity and the Power of Transformative Teaching by Steve Goodman (Teachers College Press, June 2018). Previously, she was part of the team at American Documentary | P.O.V. that received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Irene also received the Catalog for Giving’s Urban Hero Award and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s Women We Love, Women We Honor Award.