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Literary Balms: A Virtual Community Writing Project

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In keeping with Cave Canem’s mission to develop Black poets and foster community, Literary Balms: A Virtual Community Writing Project is an initiative to help keep writers engaged with their writing process and virtually connected with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic. Literary Balms offers three writing prompts generated by Cave Canem fellows and poetry-related suggested readings. This page serves as a digital archive of all contributed writing prompts for your continual enjoyment.

We encourage you to share your experiences with these prompts on our social media channels as we release them publicly throughout the week, using the hashtag #LiteraryBalms and tagging us @cavecnaempoets.

Literary Balms: Week One

Literary Balms: Week Two

Literary Balms: Week Three

Literary Balms: Week Four

Literary Balms: Week Five

Literary Balms: Week Six


Please visit this webpage every Monday for updates!