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with  Jules' Poetry Playhouse



 All classes are taught by Jules Nyquist unless otherwise noted.



*scholarships may be available. email julesnyquist@gmail.com for details.  Class size limit is 12.

We invite you to explore your creativity!  You do not have to consider yourself a writer or artist to take these classes and retreats, although if you are, you will find solace with other artists and rejuvinate your creative process.  If you are working in the corporate world or aspire to find that creative part inside you, this is a no-pressure, relaxing way to focus and find balance.  Jules Nyquist, founder, focuses on working with small groups in unique settings with plenty of individual attention. Plenty of handouts and resources included, along with  recommended (but always optional) reading lists.


Jules' Poetry Playhouse is in Placitas, New Mexico.  We are just north of Albuquerque and 40 miles south of Santa Fe.    Jules Nyquist or John Roche are available to travel to teach a class or retreat or give a presentation. U.S. and worldwide.  Please email for inquires at julesnyquist@gmail.com




From Demetria Martinez class January 2020:




"I went in to this class not knowing what to expect. 

I came out of this class with a deeper understanding of myself and what being an activist means to me."   – WF


"I awake this morning in bliss, thinking back to yesterday's unbelievable workshop with Demetria Martinez. My writing was in a funk after the holidays and I hoped the retreat would kickstart something new for the upcoming year. As I review my poems, I'm more than satisfied with what Demetria's prompts and the energy of everyone in this group brought to my writing. Actually, I almost didn't sign up for this because of other commitments, which makes it even more exciting to see what came out of me!"  - MJ

Jules Nyquist, founder of Jules' Poetry Playhouse, hiking in the Tent Rocks area of New Mexico



"I'll be taking more classes from Jules - she is an amazing poet, resource and teacher."  -- CT Rowley


"Food as Metaphor class opened doors for this fledging poet.  Jules' insight, encouragement and ideas gave me new opportunities for poetic expression.  Thanks to Jules, I now look at the world around me in poetic ways."  -- M. Fleisher


"The outcome from the Writing for a purpose class with Jules Nyquist went beyond my expectations.  I already knew the path I wanted to take but I wasn’t progressing toward my objective.  This class helped me question why I was unable to meet my goal.  I had to understand why I wanted to take the path in the first place and accepted I had choices. I was able to narrow down my objective to an achievable working plan,  and I was surprised it worked.  I am back on track with my writing and my well being.  If you are questioning your decisions or are undecided on a specific course, this class will help you understand if the obstacles are fantasy or genuine.  Do I want to or do I have to?  A  highly motivating class."  -- K.P.


 "Great brainstorming ideas. I came up with lists of things to write and I wrote a poem (and I'm not a poet). Handouts and good variety helped with idea generation."  - Jenn with Food as Metaphor class



"Let me just say that I started the class with very limited experience with Irish poetry, and got far more than I imagined.  It is informing my own writing.  I have ordered seven books by the writers we found so interesting. " - John H.


'I found every class informative, well-organized, and stimulating.  John brings in the right amount of background information--history, biography, culture--to make the poetry more accessible and relevant.  I enjoyed the short videos of the poets reading and the music.  We were able to delve into the poetry, reading aloud and analyzing so that the poems remain with us.  The prompts helped us create our own new poetry.  The last class was particularly memorable with the Irish whisky and tea cake... and the reading of poets who had been to New Mexico.  I will certainly pay more attention to these visits for I am in love with Irish poetry now.  I also enjoyed the comments of the rest of the class.  My only criticism is that the class didn't go on for more weeks..."   -  Martha