Regional Workshops

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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 15, these ten-session workshops offer rigorous instruction, careful critique, and an introduction to the work of several poets.

With support from the Poetry Foundation, Cave Canem’s Regional Workshops are now available to participants outside of New York City.

Spring 2024 workshops will take place in Kansas City, MO, and in New York City, NY.

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.

Spring 2024

Regional Workshop (New York City)

Far Out: The Poets Mixed-Tape with Anastacia-Reneé
March 25 – May 20, 2024
Mondays, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (ET) | Public Reading May 29, 2024 at 7 PM
RSVP for the Public Reading

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? 

As a poetry cohort, 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.

Anastacia-Renee (She/They) is an award-winning multi-genre writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, playwright and Speaker. Renee’ is the author of Side Notes from the Archivist (Amistad, HarperCollins), (v.) (Black Ocean) and Forget It (Black Radish). During her Frye Art Gallery Museum exhibit, they were selected by NBC News as part of the list of “Queer Artist of Color Dominate 2021’s Must See LGBTQ Art Shows,” and she wrote, directed and produced “9 Ounces: A One Person Show,” as well as the play, “Queer. Mama. Crossroads.” Anastacia-Renee was former Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), Hugo House Poet-in-Residence (2015-2017) as well as, Jack Straw Curator (2020) and Arc Artist Fellow (2020). Her writing has been anthologized in: The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics and Superhero Poetry, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart, Furious Flower Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, Teaching Black: The Craft of Teaching on Black Life and Literature, Obsidian: Playground Issue, Joy Has A Sound, Nonwhite and Woman: 131 Micro Essays on Being in the World, Cascadia Field Guide, Spirited Stone: Lessons from Kubota’s Garden, and Seismic: Seattle City of Literature. Her poetry, prose and fiction have appeared in, Hobart, Foglifter, Auburn Avenue, Catapult, Alta, Torch, Poetry Northwest, Ms. Magazine and others. Anastacia-Renee has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, 4Culture, VONA, Ragdale, Mineral School, and The New Orleans Writers Residency and she has been a visiting writer, on faculty or taught a master class at Port Townsend Writers Conference, The Chuckanut Writers Conference, Seattle University, Hedgebrook, Cave Canem, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, Torch Literary Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Public Library, Get Lit! Festival, the Texas Book Festival and many others.

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This program is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation

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Cave Canem’s New York City Regional Workshop is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Consolidated Edison Company of New York. Regional Workshops taking place outside of New York City are supported by a grant from the Poetry Foundation.