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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.

 

“The Poetry of Translation” with Jenny Xie

Translation, rooted in the Latin translātus (to carry over), springs from the vital and creative drive to bear something across borderlands and far distances. This process of transporting a displaced object is also one of remolding: in the carrying, the object takes on new textures and layers. In this workshop, participants will consider how studying literary translations can enliven, recharge, and deepen their work, and ask what they can glean from approaching all poetry as a fundamental act of translation. In addition to regular workshopping of poems, participants will also read and compare literary translations, and try a hand at translating different mediums—artwork, dance, film, music—into poetry. Knowledge of a second language is not required for this workshop, as this is not a literary translation workshop in the traditional sense.

Dates: Thursdays, 6-9 pm. February 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21; April 4, 18, 25; May 2; culminating reading: May 9.

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

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult poets of color 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 January 27, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.
Applicants will be notified by February 7, 2019.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press), finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, and recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. Her work has appeared in Poetry​New York Times Magazine, New Republic, and Tin House, among other publications, and she has been supported by fellowships from Kundiman, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Poets & Writers. She is on faculty at New York University and  lives in New York.

 


“Un/Formed” with Tiphanie Yanique

What does form allow and what does form limit? What place do less-structured forms have in rhetoric, poetic communication, poetic tradition and meaning? In this course, participants will study and practice forms that employ less controlled strictures, while maintaining clear rhetorical positions. This deeper study will be explored through such genres as zuihitsu, the persona poem and ekphrasis. Participants will consider forms currently being invented and changed. Participants will also create their own forms to serve their own meaning, as well as goals towards whimsy and/or austerity.

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6 – 8:30 pm; Feb 26; March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9; Culminating Reading: April 16, 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.

Suggested Donation: $30 – $240

Up to 15 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 January 31, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.  Applicants will be notified by February 12, 2019. Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

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Tiphanie Yanique

Tiphanie Yanique is a Fulbright Fellow, Pushcart Prize Winner, and the author of the poetry collection Wife, which won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Poetry and the UK’s Forward/Felix Dennis Prize for a first collection.  She is also the winner of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Rosenthal Family Foundation Award.  Tiphanie is also the author Land of Love and Drowning, which won the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Award from the Center for Fiction and many other prizes; and the story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony which won the Bocas Award for Caribbean Fiction and other prizes. Tiphanie Yanique is from the Virgin Islands and is Professor of English & African American Studies at Wesleyan University.

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

Funders, Poetry Conversations Workshops: This event 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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