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Application: Regional Workshop | NYC

January 15 @ 12:00 am - February 21 @ 11:59 pm

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Application period: January 15 to February 21
Open to Black NYC-area residents

Workshops held March 25 – May 20, 2024 | Mondays, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (ET)
Workshops take place at the Cave Canem office, located at 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Public Reading May 27, 2024

What differentiates a “good” poem from a deeper poem bursting with poetic lineage and legacy? What characteristics nod to a well-crafted and unforgettable poem? What’s the dividing line between a mediocre song and a classic jam which elicits nostalgia, joy, grief or hope in the listener? What songs do you repeatedly que up as part of your internal mixed tape? What poems are indelibly 3-D printed on your brain?

Under the guidance of Cave Canem fellow Anastacia-Reneé, participants will deeply discuss (and delight) in the fused outcomes of constructing, scaffolding, deconstructing and experimenting with new ways of approaching  poetic devices on the page while keenly listening to the sounds of: Sun Ra, Nina Simone, Alice Coltrane, Betty Davis, Sza, Minnie Ripperton, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Lauryn Hill, Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, P.M. Dawn and Fertile Ground. Participants will use these songs as the foundation for creating brand new experimental poems.

In nine weekly sessions, poets will look to music as a guiding light towards, taking risks and opening creative doors that elevate forms that already exist or by creating new forms influenced by the mixed tape. Workshop participants will end each class with a draft and study forms such as: The Nines, Haibun, The Bop, Epistolary, The Duplex, Persona, Documentary, Memoir Poetry and The Eintou.

In the tenth week of the workshop, the cohort will celebrate their work by presenting a public reading.

Apply via Submittable.


January 15 @ 12:00 am
February 21 @ 11:59 pm