Upcoming Readings and Workshops/ Barbara Henning

Backroom Broadsides Spoken Word Series
Reading with Jon Curley
Fox and Crow
594 Palisade Ave
Jersey city, New Jersey
April 3, 2018. 8 pm

Workshop: In Between: Poem and Flash Fiction
The Poet’s House
10 River Terrace, New York
NY 10282 Tel: (212) 431-7920
Instructor: Barbara Henning
April 14-May 19, Saturdays, 11:30 am-2 pm

The Woodward Line Poetry Series
Barbara Henning,  Emily Rose and Chris Tysh
Gaelic League at 7 pm
2068 Michigan Ave.
Detroit, Michigan
May 23, 2018

Red Rover Reading Series
7-9 pm, May 26 (Sat)
Outer Space Studio
1474 N. Milwaukee Ave,
Chicago, Ill 60622

Ongoing Writing Workshops for Writers.com 

Barbara Henning




New Classes on Writers.com 2018

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

February 7, 2018 | $360 | 10 Weeks

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.

The Watching Eye: Writing Flash Fiction

March 7, 2018 | $215 | 5 Weeks

Write tiny fictions while experimenting with point of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. With Barbara Henning. Part Two.

From Journal To Poem Or Prose: The Chronology Of Mind

April 4, 2018 | $360 | 10 Weeks

Gather material through writing and experimenting with journaling, researching and taking notes to develop into poems or prose works.

The Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction

May 2, 2018 | $215 | 5 Weeks

Write tiny fictions while experimenting with point of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. With Barbara Henning

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story

September 5, 2018 | $360 | 10 Weeks

Write 1–3-page flash fiction in this online course with Barbara Henning, drawing on classic, poetic & experimental elements. Read the form’s masters.


New Events and Publications


Digigrams forthcoming in Brooklyn Rail, Live Mag!, Local Knowledge and Downtown Brooklyn.

5 Digigrams in Journal of Poetics Research, Jan 1, 2018
2 Digigrams in Live Mag Issue 14 2017
6 Digigrams and a Process Note in Posit: A Journal of Writing and Art, Issue 16, December 2017
5 Digigrams in Califragile, December 2017
5 Digigrams in Califragile, November 2017
5 Digigrams in Recluse, Issue 13, 2017
5 Digigrams in Pete Spence Magazine 2017
3 Digigrams in Rascal, Issue 1, 2017

On March 3, 2016, I read for Don Yorty’s Blog, Explorations in Writing.  Here is the reading and some of the poems:  http://donyorty.com/blog/2016/03/13/barbara-henning-reads-from-a-day-like-today/

On Nov 27, 2015 I interviewed Patricia Spears Jones to discuss her new book, Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White pine Press).   The interview was then published in The Poetry Project Newsletter (February/March 2016 Issue #246).  Now it is available on line at: http://www.poetryproject.org/15089-2/

A DAY LIKE TODAY is now available

“Just to Stay Afloat,” “In a Small Cloud,” “Hallelujah,” “Text Me Please,” and “Unnameable,” forthcoming in Boog Portable Reader Instant Anthology (2016).

New class starts on April 6, 2016  Writing Fiction: Image by Image.  This class is perfect for folks wanting supportive critical direction writing prose fiction while concentrating on getting as particular as possible, learning from Japanese haiku masters.   http://writers.com/classes/building-fiction-image-image

6 Week Poetry Workshop at The Poets House beginning Saturday, April 23, 2016: The Prose Poem and Poetic Prose.  Register


Classes on Writers.com for 2015

For more information on these courses or to register, go to Writers.com

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short Short Story (Begins 5 Jan). In this course we experiment with writing tiny fictions using many poetic forms and constraints to generate narrative. We read other examples and some theory. I have taught the identical course (except shorter here) for the MFA Program at Naropa and at Long Island University, as well as the Poetry Center in Tucson and The Poets House in NYC.

Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem: Poetry and Fiction (Begins 2 Mar).  This course is a combination of a workshop course and a reading sequence about various experimental writing movements. I have taught the identical course (except shorter here) for the MFA Program at Naropa and at Long Island University, as well as the Poetry Center in Tucson and The Poets House in NYC.

From Journal to Poem or Prose (4 May)

Flash Fiction: Writing the Short Short Story (6 July)

Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem (1 Sept)


Flash Fiction: Writing the Short Short Story (4 Jan 2016)

Poetic Prose and the Prose Poem: Poetry and Fiction (7 Mar 2016)

The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading

In Aporia: The Annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading

September 19, 2012 at 7pm

Lang Café, Eugene Lang College
65 W 11th street

The annual Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading at The New School honors the memory of Akilah Oliver, a radical poet, professor, feminist, and activist. The second of this annual reading series, this event will feature the work of Nick Von Kleist, Krystal Languell, Wendy S. Walters, and Eileen Myles.

Nick Von Kleist is a current senior at Eugene Lang College of the New School, where he studies Literature, Chinese and Fine Arts. Nick has been published on the online zine ShortfastandDeadly in London, where he also did many readings at the Woodburner. In New York, Nick has read at Bowwow at the Bowery Poetry Center.

Krystal Languell is a graduate of the MFA program at New Mexico State University, where she won the Mercedes Jacobs Thesis Award. Her first book, Call the Catastrophists, was published by BlazeVox in 2011. Her poems have appeared in Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, esque and elsewhere, and her reviews and interviews have been published online at NewPages and Coldfront. Founder of the feminist literary journal Bone Bouquet, she is part of the Belladonna Collaborative in Brooklyn and teaches writing at the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pratt Institute.

Wendy S. Walters is the author of Troy, Michigan (forthcoming from Futurepoem Books in 2013), Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA). She is a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry. Walters’ poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Bread Loaf, MacDowell, Cave Canem and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Drunken Boat, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review, among several others. She has been a nominee for the Essay Prize and her prose has been published or is forthcoming in Bookforum, The Iowa Review, Coldfront, Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper’s Magazine. She is also a co-founder of the First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem with Amy Benson and Stacy Parker Le Melle.

Eileen Myles is from Boston and moved to New York in 1974 to be a poet. Eileen has published 18 collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction most recently Snowflake/different streets (poetry), and Inferno (a poet’s novel). Also The Importance of Being Iceland: Travel Essays in Art (2009) for which she received a Warhol/Creative Capital art writers grant. She is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow. She lives in New York.

Interview of Harry Mathews

A year ago or so, I interviewed Harry Mathews about Oulipo and women and about politics of the members and such. This interview will be published by Critiphoria/Eoagh in their next issue. Because the interview started in response to a correction to the preface of LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN, it is now posted on Belladonna. It is a very interesting interview. Please check it out

Here’s the website —


Harris Schiff’s One More Beat (Accent Editions)

What I noticed when I left New York City was that when I wasn’t here, I wasn’t here, even though I had been here for a very long time. We New Yorkers are always moving so fast and the clock on Union Square keeps flashing new numbers and new poets arrive all the time from here and there and old ones stay or migrate elsewhere. I arrived in New York in 1983, a few months before Ted Berrigan died, and it was like the end of an era that I had missed. But Harris Schiff was there and in his new book, One More Beat (Accent Editions), he writes a phenomenal introduction, talking about how he became a poet and who was there and where and how the East Village poetry scene fit into the greater political world of the USA back then and today.

Following Harris’s introduction is an introduction Ted Berrigan gave when Harris read at the Poetry Project on May 18, 1977. And then interspersed between Harris’s poems is a set of photos by Monica Claire Antonie of Harris, Ted, Susan Cataldo, Lewis Warsh, Burroughs, Bernadette Mayer, Rudy Burckhardt, John Godfrey and many others. Reading the introduction, Ted’s introduction, the photographs, and then the poems is like quickly living through those years with Harris. There is a wonderful collaboration between Harris and Ted, “Love Song.” This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know what was going on in the 70’s and early 80’s with poetry in the East Village. I was sitting in Quantum Leap reading the poems, and when I finished, I felt like weeping. Sometimes when life is good, you suffer a lot afterwards.

Go to this website for more information: http://www.accenteditions.com/


Photos up on New Flickr Site

I’ve set up a flickr site with photos from my pamphlets and also other photos.

  • My Flickr Page
  • Interview of B Henning & Book Party for LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN

    Dear Friends,

    An interview of me by Rafael Otto about my poetics is now on online at NOT ENOUGH NIGHT. http://www.naropa.edu/notenoughnight/spring11/index_toc.htm

    Also for those of you in New York next week, the schedule of events for Harryette Mullen’s readings and our conversation (Book Party for LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN) is as follows:

    On Friday April 29th, at noon, Harryette will be reading her poetry at Long Island University in the Humanities Building 206 (as part of the rainbow series). Take the Q or R Train to Dekalb Avenue and the entrance near the Humanities Building is at the gate on Flatbush Avenue.

    Later that same day at 7 pm at the Poet’s House (10 River Terrace, dowtown), there is a book party for the book, as well a conversation between Harryette and me. We will be reading from the new book of interviews as well as looking at slides from her new Geneology project and talking about new work.

    On Saturday, Harryette will be reading with two other readers for Cave Canem at 3:00, at 20 Jay Street, Brooklyn, Suite 310A.

    Harryette doesn’t come to New York very often so I hope to see you.

    Thanks & Namaste,



    Two years ago I called my friend, Harryette Mullen, and asked her if she would talk to me about the way she wrote the poems for Sleeping in the Dictionary. I was teaching her book for an MFA course at Long Island University in Brooklyn. It was summer and I had subletted an apartment on Third Street (I was living in Tucson then). I remember sitting on the floor with my computer talking into skype for the interview, for hours at a time and over several weeks. Anyhow, that was the beginning of a very long exciting conversation/interview about Harryette’s book. Neither of us expected this conversation to end up becoming a book. At the time, it was just for my class. Then after I started transcribing, I thought, wow, this should be published. And so we edited and rewrote and re-thought the conversation.

    Then I broke it apart and sent it to various magazines and webzines for publication. Then it became clear that this was in fact a book length interview. So I thought — send it to Rachel Levitsky for Belladonna and see if she is interested. It is definitely political, poetic and feminist. Rachel was excited about the interview and the next thing I knew, I was invited to be part of the collaborative board of Belladonna and working with Martine Bellen to publish the book. Then it occurred to us that an earlier interview I had with Harryette in the 90’s about her earlier books could also work well with this. So the book grew. Rachel’s idea was to include some images to supplement the discussions. I went to LA and photographed Harryette and other places, artwork and related objects. Harryette and I rewrote the interviews again and expanded them. And the book grew some more. Juliana Spahr wrote a very thoughtful introduction. Martine worked diligently and creatively with me to develop, layout, proofread, get permissions, etc (everything). HR Hegnauer did the final layout and a beautiful cover. And now other women on the board and interns are working to get the book in the world.

    I’m a fan of Harryette’s writing (obviously) and I have taught her books for many years. I like the way politics, the ordinary everyday and far-out playfulness intermingle. The book of interviews will be of use to teachers, scholars and poets. And the good news is that you can now order this book by going to the Belladonna Series website. The books will be delivered to the Belladonna office in Brooklyn within a few days. On the website, you can also read more about the book. As you all may know, Belladonna is a non-profit collaborative feminist project, so it’s a great press and reading series to support. The collaborative board is an exciting energetic group of women. Look through the website at the other publishing projects (The Wide Road by Carla Harryman and Lyn Hejinian and many others).

    Here’s the website —


    Also, there will be a book party at the Poet’s House on Friday, April 29th at 7 pm, with a conversation between Harryette and me about the book and about her other projects in the works. Also Harryette will be reading on April 29th at noon at Long Island University, Humanities Building Room 206, at Dekalb and Flatbush (Brooklyn). And on Saturday, April 30th she will read (with Christian Campbell and Niki Herd) for Cave Canum at 20 Jay Street, Suite 310A (Brooklyn). I’ll be at all three of these events. If you are in town, I hope to see you, especially at the party at the Poet’s House (10 River Terrace, downtown, nyc).