Conference sonnet class under the maple tree on the Frost grounds

Conference sonnet class under the maple tree on the Frost grounds

A  small student-to-instructor ratio by design 

Imagine two days of intense instruction by an award-winning poet who will immerse you in the art and craft of formal poetry writing.

  • Learn techniques to master meter and/or rhyme while focusing on poetic form.
  • Put your new knowledge into immediate action during free writing time.
  • Gain valuable insights through feedback from your instructor and fellow workshoppers.
  • Strengthen your poetic craft, whether writing in free verse or form.

Our award-wining instructors are among the premiere formalist poets in the United States. Their work has been published in many journals, including PoetryThe New YorkerThe Paris ReviewMeasure, and many more. The Master Class this year will be taught by renowned poet Rhina Espaillat.

Participants have the opportunity to select a class
with one of the following 2017 instructors*:



Daniel Brown’s poems have appeared in PoetryPartisan ReviewPN ReviewParnassusThe New Criterion and other journals, as well as in a number of anthologies including Poetry 180 (ed. Billy Collins) and The Swallow Anthology of New American Poetry (ed. David Yezzi). His work has been awarded a Pushcart prize, and his collection Taking the Occasion won the New Criterion Poetry Prize. A new collection, What More?, is out from Orchises Press. Brown’s criticism has appeared in The Harvard Book ReviewParnassusContemporary Poetry ReviewPartisan Magazine, and The New Criterion. His Why Bach? is an online appreciation of the composer.
Class: Finding Your Subject


Dominican-born and bilingual, and a former high school English teacher in NYC, Rhina P. Espaillat writes poetry, essays and short stories in both English and Spanish, and translates in both directions. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and some fifty anthologies. She was a founding member of two long-lived, active poetry workshops: NYC's Fresh Meadows Poets, and the Powow River Poets in Newburyport, MA, and has served on the faculty of the yearly West Chester Poetry Conference.
Class: Master Class


Midge Goldberg received the 2016 Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award and was awarded the 2015 Richard Wilbur Poetry Award for her book Snowman's Code,. Her poems have appeared in Measure, Light, Raintown Review, Appalachia, and on Garrison Keillor’s A Writer’s Almanac. Her poems are included in several anthologies, including Rhyming Poems, Hot Sonnets, and the Poets’ Guide to New HampshireHer other books include Flume Ride (2006) and the children’s book My Best  Ever Grandpa  (2015). She is a longtime member of the Powow River Poets and has an M.F.A. from the University of New Hampshire. 
Class: Introduction to Meter and Rhyme

Photo credit: Johnson Photography

Photo credit: Johnson Photography

A.M. Juster is a three-time winner of the Howard Nemerov Sonnet Award. His collection of Petrarch translations, Longing for Laura, was published in a hand-lettered edition by Birch Brook Press in 2001. His poems and translations have appeared in The Paris ReviewCarolina QuarterlyThe FormalistMichigan Quarterly Review, and many other publications.
Class: So You Want to Write an Award-Winning Sonnet?


Len Krisak is the translator of complete works by Virgil, Horace, Catullus, Ovid, and Rilke. His work has appeared in the Hudson Review, the Sewanee Review, Raritan, the Boston Globe, the Southwest Review, The Formalist, Measure, Literary Imagination, and over 100 other publications in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. He is the recipient of the Robert Penn Warren, Richard Wilbur, and Robert Frost Prizes, a four-time champion on Jeopardy!, and the winner of the Gold National Trivia Competition. His most recent work is a rhymed hexameter translation of the Aeneid.
Class: Writing in Blank Verse


Deborah Warren is the 2017 Frost Farm Poet in Residence. She will provide individual critiques of participants' poems (sign-ups will be at the conference) and chair a panel, "Publishing Your Poetry," on Saturday afternoon. Her poetry collections are The Size of Happiness (2003, Waywiser, London), which was  runner-up for the 2000 T. S. Eliot Prize;  Zero Meridian, which received the 2003 New Criterion Poetry Prize (2004, Ivan R. Dee); and Dream With Flowers and Bowl of Fruit, which received the Richard Wilbur Award (2008, University of Evansville). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Poetry, and The Yale Review. 


*Participants are asked to indicate first, second and third choices when selecting a class during online registration. We will make every effort to accommodate preferences. We assure you, each of our instructors will change the way you approach formal poetry!


Sponsored by the Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm and the Hyla Brook Poets