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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.

 

“BEAT THE DEAD HORSE!” with Angel Nafis

BEAT THE DEAD HORSE!: ill-advised though it may seem, what else could those Mysterious and Wise™ folks have meant when they said “write what you know”? Some of the most engaging, agile, luminous poems have emerged from mining that endless wealth that is a writer’s own fixations and preoccupations. So in this class we’ll push it further: we’re going to write what we’re obsessed with. That is—in these ten classes—utilizing varying strategies of form, figuration, paradox and juxtaposition and discussing works by Nikki Finney, Sharon Olds, Toi Derricotte, Kevin Coval, Shira Erlichman and Frank O’Hara we’ll explore new and vibrant ways to re-enter our most repetitive writing compulsions. Participants should expect to leave the class with at least 10 new solid drafts.

Dates: Mondays, 6-9 pm. September 9, 16, 23, 30; October 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11; culminating reading: November 18.

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

Who’s eligible:

  • Adult Black 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 August 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.
Applicants will be notified by August 26, 2019.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press, 2012). She earned her BA at Hunter College and her MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed Reader, them, Poetry Magazine, The BreakBeat Poets anthologies series and elsewhere. Nafis is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Millay Colony, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Founder and curator of the Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon, she is also half of the ODES FOR YOU Tour with poet, musician, and visual artist Shira Erlichman, and with poet Morgan Parker, she runs The Other Black Girl Collective. Reading poems and facilitating workshops across the country she lives and works in Brooklyn.

 


 

“The Art of the Sample” with Cortney Lamar Charleston

In this workshop, intended for beginners, participants turn to the old in order to make the new, teasing out their core obsessions as writers while tying themselves into conversations with the past. Much like the practice of sampling in musical production, various texts―selected by both the facilitator and by participants―will be interrogated and remixed via a variety of techniques and forms (from centos to acrostics to erasures and beyond) that surface new insights from the poets’ engagements with the work of others. Ultimately, these experiences will provide participants tools to generate fresh ideas and drafts in the future.

Dates: Thursdays, 6-8:30 pm. September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17; culminating reading: October 24.

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 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 August 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. 
Applicants will be notified by August 22, 2019.
Applications will be accepted via Submittable only.

Click here to apply.

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Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies (Saturnalia Press, 2017), selected by D.A. Powell for the
2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize. He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy SargentRosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and  has also received fellowships from Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, his poems have appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, New England Review, Granta, The Nation and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at TheRumpus and on the editorial board at Alice James Books.

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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