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About the Concentration

The Poetry Concentration allows students to pursue work on and about poetry through a variety of experiences and courses. By combining academic and practical work and independent projects, students will gain a deeper understanding of the craft of writing, the business of publication and the dissemination of poetry to others.

The concentration supports the study of poetry within a range of scholarly disciplines and gives students the opportunity to explore areas of professional practice (writing poetry, teaching poetry, writing about poetry, translating poetry and book arts/publishing of poetry) through local, regional and national presses, journals, book-arts centers and other sites where poetry is made, critiqued and taught.

The Poetry Concentration draws on the educational resources of the Poetry Center and the Mortimer Rare Book Room, as well on the unique expertise of poets and artists working at the college and in the larger Pioneer Valley.

Participation in the Concentration


The Poetry Concentration accepts up to 12 students annually. Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to those who have already completed a gateway course and shown ongoing interest in poetry.