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"Procedures, Discomforts and Retellings"

Participants will discuss what provokes/inspires them to write. Is it identity? Mothers? Politics? Language? Bullshit? Culturally one might write as one's ancestors might have spoken.  Perhaps some are not meant to write in a linear fashion. To be “roundabout” or circular may be closer to how one's ear is innately tuned.  During this workshop, participants will examine/dismantle, misread/fail for the sake of finding out what to write about and what momentarily terrifies to the point of stopping altogether.  Through a number of restraints and recipes, participants will modify their “engines.” Expect no finished work. as the procedures explored will be durational and dependent upon individual comfort levels.  Participants will read new and not so new works by Celina Su, Tusiata Avia, Clarence Major, Harryette Mullen and dg nanouk okpik, among others. Additionally, participants will listen to and view a number of recordings by performance based artists and musicians who utilize spoken word.   

A writer, vocalist and sound artist, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is the author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013). Her interdisciplinary work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, the Poesiefestival in Berlin, Museum of Modern Art, the QOW conference in Slovakia, the International Poetry Festival in Bucharest,  the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the 56th Venice Biennale and in Beijing as a Red Gate Artist in Residence.  As a curator and director, she has staged events at BAM Café, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The David Rubenstein Atrium, The Highline, Poets House and El Museo del Barrio. LaTasha is the recipient of numerous awards; of them include New York Foundation for the Arts, Barbara Deming Memorial Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, the Japan-US Friendship Commission, Creative Capital and the Whiting Foundation Literary Award. She lives in Harlem. 

Guidelines: This workshop is open to adult poets of color at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors. Selection is by lottery, with preference given to applicants who have attended fewer than three workshops.The deadline to submit is August 12 at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified by August 20, 2018.

Suggested Donation: $30 - $240

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6 - 8:30 pm; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13; Culminating Reading: Tuesday, November 27, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. 

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

Who’s eligible

  • Adult poets of color at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors.
  • Individuals who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Individuals who commit to attending all eight sessions.
  • Writers who have not published more than one collection of poetry with a commercial press.

To Apply:

Please upload a document including: 

  • Maximum of 5 pages of poems (no more than one poem per page) written in any style.
  • Include your name on every page.  
  • Brief bio (maximum 200 words) that includes the following information, where applicable:  

                 1. One-two sentences about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop.                

                 2. Any publications and any poetry prizes you have won.                

                 3. Any Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended.  

By submitting your application, you agree to the aforementioned terms of eligibility and commit to attending all eight sessions.

Payment by PayPal:
Once accepted, go to http://www.cavecanempoets.org/workshops. Scroll down to the payment box, and enter an amount between $30 and $240. You then will be prompted to complete your payment through PayPal.

Questions?
Contact Della Green at 718.858.0000 or dgreen@ccpoets.org.


"Time Traveling and Time Keeping"

In this workshop, participants will be in conversation with the work of Audre Lorde and Octavia Butler. Participants will examine multi-genre writing and poetic craft elements to build poems that bend, restructure and reimagine “form.” Participants will be creatively inspired by the notion that the “paranormal” is normal and traditional fiction can inhabit a poem. The goal for all workshop participants is to complete the course with two drafts and confidently share them.  

Anastacia-Renee is the current Seattle Civic Poet, recipient of the 2017 Artist of the Year Award, and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of five books: Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Gramma Press) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), Kiss Me Doll Face (Gramma Press) and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks, Argus Press) and has received writing fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Artist Trust and Jack Straw, as well as a writing residency from Ragdale.  Her theatrical mixed-media project, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show, is a multivalent play unapologetically downward dogging its way through class, race, culture, oppression, depression, survival and epiphany. Her cross-genre writing has appeared in the anthologies: Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism, Sinister Wisdom: Black Lesbians—We Are the Revolution, Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks and: Split this Rock, Painted Bride Quarterly, Crab Creek Review, Seattle Review, Bone Bouquet, Duende, Poetry Northwest, Synaethesia, Banqueted, Torch and many more. She teaches poetry and creative writing at Hugo House and Seattle University and lives as a superhero in Seattle with her wife and dog.

This is a tuition-free workshop, funded by The Jerome Foundation.

Guidelines: The instructor will review applications and select up to 15 participants, with preference given to individuals who have attended fewer than three workshops.   Participants should bring 16 copies of an original poem to the first meeting. 

Deadline to submit: August 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm. All applicants will be notified by August 28, 2018.

Dates: Wednesdays, 6-9 pm. September 5, 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31;  Culminating Reading: Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 - 8:30 pm.

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

Who's eligible:

  • Adult black poets of African descent living in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Individuals who are not enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program.
  • Individuals who 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.

To Apply:

Please upload a document including: 

  •  Maximum of 5 pages of poems (no more than one poem per page) written in any style.
  • Include your name on every page.
  • Brief bio (maximum 200 words) that includes the following information, where applicable:  

                  1. One-two sentences about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop.

                  2. Any publications and any poetry prizes you have won.  

                  3. Any Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended.

By submitting your application, you agree to the aforementioned terms of eligibility and commit to attending all ten sessions.

Questions?

Contact Della Green at 718.858.0000 or dgreen@ccpoets.org.

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