Testimonials

A quick note to say I enjoyed working with Phil Hall.
I learned a lot. Phil is a fabulous mentor. Keen and insightful, he is a poet who thinks outside the box.

- Jennifer Londry

Working with Phil Hall was fantastic. He has an acute intuitive sensibility, but not only that—he has an enviable knowledge base and knows how to get a manuscript where it needs to go. How to let it go. He brought my attention to the books my work converged with, diverged from; necessary reads that I wouldn’t have found without him. Our conversations often extended past issues of the manuscript proper and into grounding poetics. From fine line-edits to macro-sequencing, he brought a nuance to my work. He found a music where I heard a dead ringing. Engaged and encouraging, Phil is a shape-maker with a generous heart.

- Sandra Ridley

The ‘voice and voicing in poetry’ workshop taught by Anselm Berrigan gave me the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone as a teacher and writer of narrative fiction. The informal, small-group format and a focus on hands-on practice was balanced by The New School’s choice of a seasoned and celebrated poet as instructor, whose knowledge and experience set the bar high for the discussion. Elusive concepts like internal coherence and tonal development became clear through exploration of the poet’s own work and his recounting of his creative process. I also valued the four-hour time slot of the workshop, which is longer than is typically offered elsewhere and really gave us the chance to delve into the ideas in greater depth.

- Dr. Sarah Henstra

I’ve taken a number of TNSoW workshops and they were consistently good. Some of them are exceptional for Toronto. Jay Millar and Jenny Sampirisi have brought major poets from Montreal, Vancouver and from the US to discuss and illustrate writing strategies and to workshop participants poetry. The learning level in all of these session is consistently high, broadens a knowledge of poetics, assists writing and brings a richness to poetic cultural life in this city. The school and its founders deserve the highest accolades and the assistance they require to grow this incredible project.

- Lynn McClory

I am currently enrolled in the San Francisco Renaissance poetry seminar. I heard about the TNSoW from a friend and fellow writer who had taken several classes there. As an aspiring poet I have often felt the need to beef up my ponderings with more rigorous and diverse material than what my 9-5 day job makes possible. To test things out, I took a one day workshop on called The Politics of Appropriation and I was instantly impressed. The space itself is uncompromisingly warm, the fellow students are engaged, and the course facilitators are incredibly supportive and full of heartfelt enthusiasm. The material is well chosen and can be easily integrated into the writing practice itself. Best of all, the price of the courses is equitable, which makes TNSoW an imperative resource for thinkers and writers alike.

- Carla Coimbra