University of Oregon

Poetry in Athens

Program Overview

Experience the place that has continued to inspire English-language poets through the ages, from Lord Byron and Rupert Brooke to James Merrill and Seamus Heaney. Develop your writing skills in a vibrant, historic setting during this three-week session in Athens.

Academic Details

The summer Poetry Seminar sponsored by the Athens Centre is a three-week session focusing on the writing and appreciation of poetry in the land where western literature was born. The seminar has been led for the past ten years by poet Alicia Stallings (A.E. Stallings) with the participation of visiting guest poets. People of all ages and backgrounds, including those with little previous experience in writing poetry, university students, teachers of literature, writers and published poets are all typical participants in the program. This program emphasizes producing drafts of new work, with an eye to exploring myth and form, and in the context of reading and discussing poetry from or inspired by Greece, from ancient to modern times, Homer to Heaney, Cavafy to Merrill.

Classes meet for three hours every weekday morning. Each week, one or two evening poetry readings by guest poets are arranged at the Athens Centre. All poetry program participants attend the readings, but other students and guests are also welcome. There is a reception after each reading, giving you an opportunity to meet and converse with the poets. A public reading of new works by seminar participants takes place towards the end of the third week of the program. A few hours of instruction in basic Greek at the beginning of the program helps you to orient yourself to Athens.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Faculty and Staff

A.E. Stallings is an award-winning American poet resident in Greece. Her work has twice been included in The Best American Poetry series (1994, 2000), has received the 2008 Poets' Prize, a NEA grant and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others. She has published two collections of poetry, Archaic Smile, which received the 1999 Richard Wilbur award, and Hapax. .Her new verse translation of Lucretius, The Nature of Things, was published by Penguin Classics. She has published widely in journals, including The Atlantic, The Hudson Review, The New Criterion, Poetry, Yale Review, and others.

Housing Description

While in Athens, you will live in a shared apartment with a small kitchenette within walking distance of the Athens Centre. Generally, there will be two to four students in each apartment, although some houses will accommodate up to six people. You have the choice of cooking meals in the apartment, or eating at one of the inexpensive cafés and restaurants near the Athens Centre. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearPriority DeadlineFinal DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20162/15/20163/15/20166/12/20166/25/2016

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.