Courses & Faculty



Alex Chertok

This primary workshop meets each morning from 10 to 12.

In this poetry workshop, students will read and discuss a variety of contemporary poems that reflect the cultural and aesthetic diversity of poetry today. Using the poems and discussion as a springboard, students will participate in in-class writing exercises, guided assignments, and work towards developing their own poems using combinations of poetic strategies and techniques. Students will have the opportunity to develop their unique voices through writing and workshopping original pieces. We will embrace the idea that poetry can simultaneously be a fun, inventive, and serious way of engaging with the personal and witnessing the world.

Alex Chertok's poems have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review Online, The Missouri Review, The Cincinnati Review, Third Coast, Copper Nickel, and Best New Poets 2016, among others. In 2019, he was runner-up in the North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize. Alex completed his MFA at Cornell University, where he was also a Lecturer; he currently teaches as a lecturer at Ithaca College and through the Cornell Prison Education Program.