Master Classes

Mary Stewart Hammond has been the Poet-in-Residence at the Writers Community in New York and on the faculty of The Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y. She currently conducts master classes in poetry under the auspices of the New York Writers Workshop.

The class is made up of graduates of MFA and Ph.D programs, as well as poets with no undergraduate degree. Her students go on to achieve admission to MFA programs, to publication in a wide spectrum of literary journals, to publication of chapbooks, as well as full collections, with awards such as the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Pushcart Prize, The Nation/Discovery, and the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, and a Guggenheim.

Current students give a public reading at the end of each semester at the KGB Bar and at Teachers & Writers, both in New York City.

Manuscript submission required. She is also available for private tutorials by telephone. Rates upon request.


Mary Stewart Hammond will read, discuss, critique, and restructure poetry manuscripts up to 120 pages in length. She also advises on where to submit. Please contact her for rates.

Past students of Mary Stewart have gone on to receive many first book awards, such as the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press, one of the largest book publication prizes in the country. For testimonials from past students, click here.