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Application: Regional Workshop | NYC

July 1 @ 12:00 am - August 20 @ 11:59 pm

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Application period: July 1 – August 20, 2024 at 11:59 PM ET

Workshops held September 18 – November 13 | Tuesdays, 6 – 9 PM ET
Workshop takes place at Cave Canem’s offices, located at 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Public Reading November 20, 7 – 9 PM ET


Regional Workshops are offered to adult (18 or older) poets of any experience level who are residents of the workshop city or immediate surrounding area. Regional workshops are in-person, tuition-free, and free to apply. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and five original poems to our Submittable.

About the Workshop

This generative writing workshop will aim to explore the question of what it means to be Black and write poems in which the natural world appears. But also to stir wonder, curiosity, an attentiveness to the world we walk through daily and the craft of shaping it on the page. Participants will draft a new poem each week and have the opportunity to workshop at least three poem drafts. The workshop will culminate in a public reading. Participants may read poems by Ariana Benson, Thylias Moss, Jericho Brown, Marilyn Nelson, and Carl Phillips, among others.

About the Instructor

Nathan McClain is the author of two collections of poetry: Previously Owned (Four Way Books, 2022), longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award, and Scale (Four Way Books, 2017). He is a recipient of fellowships from The Frost Place, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is a Cave Canem fellow. He earned an MFA from Warren Wilson College. His poems and prose have appeared in The Hopkins Review, Plume Poetry 10, The Common, Poetry Northwest, and Guesthouse, among others. He teaches at Hampshire College and serves as poetry editor of the Massachusetts Review.


This program is supported in part by the Jerome Foundation, Con Edison, and the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, and in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.