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Workshops

Since 1999, nearly 1000 emerging poets have participated in Cave Canem’s community-based workshops, rare opportunities to work with accomplished poets for free or low-cost fees. Limited to an enrollment of 12-15, eight and ten-session workshops offer rigorous instruction, careful critique and an introduction to the work of established poets—all within the welcoming environment of our Brooklyn, NY loft.

“Time Keeping and Time Travel” with Anastacia-Reneé

In this workshop, participants will be in conversation with the work of Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler. Participants will examine multi-genre writing and poetic craft elements to build poems that bend, restructure and reimagine “form.” Participants will be creatively inspired by the notion that the “paranormal” is normal and traditional fiction can inhabit a poem. The goal for all workshop participants is to complete the course with two drafts and confidently share them.

Dates: Wednesdays, 6-9 pm. September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; culminating reading: November 7.

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Who’s eligible:

  • Black poets of African descent living in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Individuals who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Individuals who can commit to attending all ten sessions.
  • Individuals who are not Rose Medium Pliage Longchamp Pink Tote Lightweight In Paris Nylon Le FqTXUCave Canem fellows.
  • Writers who have LUCCHI Handbag LUCCHI CATERINA CATERINA Handbag Red not published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

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The deadline to apply is August 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.
Applicants will be notified by August 20, 2018.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

Red CATERINA LUCCHI LUCCHI Handbag Handbag CATERINA Anastacia-Renee is the current Seattle Civic Poet, recipient of the 2017 Artist of the Year Award, and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Handbag LUCCHI CATERINA LUCCHI Handbag CATERINA Red Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale.  Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show, is a multivalent play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in the anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and: Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch and many more. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Hugo House and Seattle University and lives as a superhero in Seattle with her wife and dog.


“Procedures, Discomforts and Retellings” with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

Participants will discuss what provokes/inspires them to write. Is it identity? Mothers? Politics? Language? Bullshit? Culturally one might write as one’s ancestors might have spoken.  Perhaps some are not meant to write in a linear fashion. To be “roundabout” or circular may be closer to how one’s ear is innately tuned.  During this workshop, participants will examine/dismantle, misread/fail for the sake of finding out what to write about and what momentarily terrifies to the point of stopping altogether.  Through a number of restraints and recipes, participants will modify their “engines.” Expect no finished work. as the procedures explored will be durational and dependent upon individual comfort levels.  Participants will read new and not so new works by Celina Su, Tusiata Avia, Clarence Major, Harryette Mullen and dg nanouk okpik, among others. Additionally, participants will listen to and view a number of recordings by performance based artists and musicians who utilize spoken word.

Dates: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm. October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13; culminating reading: November 27.

Where: Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY

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  • Adult poets of color living in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Poets at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors.
  • Individuals who can commit to attending all eight sessions.
  • Individuals who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Individuals who are not Cave Canem fellows.
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  • Writers who have not  published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

Suggested Donation: $30 – $240

Up to 15 participants will be selected by lottery, with preference given to applicants who have attended fewer than three workshops. Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

The deadline to apply is August 26, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST.  Applicants will be notified by August 28, 2018. Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Poesiefestival in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, the QOW conference in Slovakia, the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest,  the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the 56th Venice Biennale and in Beijing as a Red Gate Artist in Residence.  As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award. She lives in Harlem.

Funder, New York City Fall and Spring Workshops: Jerome Foundation

LUCCHI Handbag Handbag CATERINA Red LUCCHI CATERINA Funders, Poetry Conversations Workshops: This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers through public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Amazon Literary Partnership; conEdison Consolidated Edison Company of New York; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Whiting Foundation.

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