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Erica with participant.jpgSince 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.

 

“Beast of No Poetics” with Marwa Helal

The beast belongs nowhere and everywhere. Attuned to instinct, habitat, viscera—the beast resources efficiently, especially that resource that is language—down to the exacting knife of etymology. In this generative workshop, participants will explore the poetics of placelessness; convergences of interior experience; and encounters with physical and dream landscapes. Using formal and experimental techniques, participants will be encouraged to transform their approach to writing: ‘beast’ing their way into a rigorous practice resulting in an idiosyncratic poetics that is wholly their own.

Dates: Wednesdays, 6-9 pm. February 26; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22; Culminating Reading: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30 –
8:30 pm.

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

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult poets living in New York City.
  • 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 Cave Canem fellows.
  • Writers who have not published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

Please note: This is a 10 week commitment; if you anticipate absence from more than 2 sessions, please do not apply!

This is a tuition-free workshop, funded by The Jerome Foundation. The instructor will review applications and select up to 15 participants, with preference given to individuals who have attended fewer than three Cave Canem workshops.

The deadline to apply is February 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.
Applicants will be notified by February 10, 2020.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

Marwa Helal is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019) and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest. Her work appears in Apogee; Hyperallergic; Boston Review; Poets&Writers; Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is also the author of the chapbook I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Her work is published in the following anthologies: Bettering American Poetry, Volumes Two and Three; Best American Experimental Writing 2018; Brooklyn Poets Anthology; Halal If You Hear Me; and BreakBeat Poets: Black Girl Magic. She is the editor of The Poetry Project’s Newsletter. Helal has presented her work at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Studio Museum in Harlem and Brooklyn Museum. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

 


 

“Artitude” with Rico Frederick

This workshop will engage participants to develop poems or posters centering around visualization, empowerment, social awareness, internal-investigation, heritage, emotional engagement and other forms of poetry on the page with the addition of minimal graphic design elements. By investigating poetry books which use design elements and watching films on design, participants will discover writing and branding techniques, such as color manipulation, font development, writing forms used for accessibility.

Participants will study the work of Langston Hughes, Rupi Kaur, Angela Davis, Paula Scher, Cleo Wade, Christoph Niemann, Chance the Rapper, Jay-Z, 2Pac, M. NourbeSe Philips, Norman Rockwell, Kerry James Marshall, Mahogany L. Browne, Saul Williams and Titus Kaphar.
Dates: Monday evenings, 6 – 8:30 pm; Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 13; Culminating Reading: April 20, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Where: Cave Canem Foundation, 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY
Who’s eligible:

  • 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.
  • Writers who have not  published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

Please note: This is a 8-week commitment; if you anticipate absence from more than 2 sessions, please do not apply

Suggested Donation: $30 – $240

Up to 12 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 February 3, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. 
Applicants will be notified by February 10, 2020.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

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Rico Frederick is a graphic designer and the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), holds an MFA in Writing from Pratt Institute, a Cave Canem Fellow, Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, and the first poet to represent all four original New York City poetry venues at the National Poetry Slam. His poems, artistic work, and short film have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, Epiphany, No Dear Magazine, The Big Apple Film Festival, an Academy of American Poets Contest – Honorable Mention, Best of the Net Anthology Nominee (poetry) 2017 and elsewhere. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, lives in New York, loves gummy bears, and scribbles poems on the back of maps in the hope they will take him someplace new.

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

Funders, Poetry Conversations Workshops: This program 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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