Mohr Visiting Poets

Each year, the Creative Writing Program welcomes a distinguished poet to teach a Stanford writing seminar to undergraduates. These unique classes are kept small--limited to no more than 15 students--and they focus on a subject of the poet's expertise and choosing. These seminars are made possible with the generous support of Lawrence and Nancy Mohr.

The poet also holds a public reading and colloquium. For dates, times, and locations of their scheduled readings and colloquiums, visit our Events page.


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Diane Seuss

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English 192V The Occasions of Poetry: Formal Experimentations


  • Offered: Spring 2023

  • Instructor: Professor Seuss

  • Satisfies the Intermediate/Advanced Poetry requirement

  • Enrollment granted on priority basis. To be considered for enrollment, please submit the Spring 2023 Course Preference Form.

In this generative and habit-challenging course, we will study and practice a wide range of poetic forms, and the ways in which contemporary American poets have adopted, adapted, and subverted them for their own provocative purposes. We will explore Allen Ginsberg’s revision of the Japanese haiku into the American Sentence, and other iterations of syllabic verse; litanies and lists, including the abecedarian; reiterative forms, like the pantoum, sestina, ghazal, and Terrance Hayes’ golden shovel; the sonnet, and its wild variations, from Wanda Coleman’s jazz sonnets to Trevor Ketner’s divinations and Jericho Brown’s duplexes; the two-voiced contrapuntal poem; and the failed/broken/unfinished forms of Jane Huffman. In experimenting with form, we will develop the superpowers of compression, musicality, and improvisation in accessing our truest subjects, and building poems of exuberant artfulness. We will read our new poems out loud, provide and receive commentary as needed, and build toward an energetic poetry community.


Mohr Visiting poets Visiting Period
A. Van Jordan 2021-2022
Ada Limón 2020-2021
Carl Phillips


Louise Glück 2019-2020
Louise Glück 2018-2019
Louise Glück 2017-2018
Robert Pinsky 2016-2017
Jane Hirshfield 2015-2016
Louise Glück 2014-2015
Ann Carson 2012-2013
Louise Glück 2011-2012
Stephen Dobyns 2010-2011
Kay Ryan 2009-2010
Max Doty 2008-2009
Robert Bly 2007-2008
Robert Pinsky 2006-2007
Li-Young Lee 2005-2006
Heather McHugh 2004-2005
Thom Gunn 2003-2004
Yusef Komunyakaa 2002-2003
Robert Hass 2001-2002