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Watch Your Tone

In this workshop, we will focus our attention on the function of tone in our poems as a way of communicating and deepening their emotive charges. We will examine a few of the numerous craft elements that contribute to a poem's tonal register, such as sound, detail, image, syntax, form, music, and how these tools might signal tonal shifts within a poem or complicate a poem's emotional depth. We will also consider how elements of tone create tension and counterbalance within poems. The aim is to draft and revise poems that engage in some serious play and think about how even playfulness or seriousness are carefully crafted things.

Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), recipient of the 2017 Gregory Pardlo Fellowship from The Frost Place, and a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, The Southeast Review, Broadsided, Tinderbox, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches creative writing at Drew University.

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 January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified by February 14, 2018.

Fee: $30 - $240 (Choose the amount that’s right for you.)

Dates: Thursday evenings, 6 - 8:30 pm; March 1,15, 22 & 29; April 5, 12, 19; Culminating Reading: Thursday, May 3, 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 three pages of poems, written in any style. No more than one poem per page. Include your name on every page.
  • In the cover letter box provided within Submittable:
  1. Title of poems being submitted.
  2. If applicable, Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended, including instructor and year.
  3. One-two sentences maximum about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop.

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 Elizabeth Bryant at 718.858.0000 or ebryant@ccpoets.org
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New Chords and Hauntings

Two ideas power the imaginative work of these coming weeks. The first, from Carl Phillips: “We are, each of us, uniquely haunted…[and so our poems are] a form of negotiation with what haunts us;” the second, from CA Conrad: “We are not alone in our particular stew of molecules and the sooner we admit, even admire the influence of this world, the freer we will be to construct new chords of thought without fear.” In this course, we will complicate—and celebrate—your fascinations, exploring what drives you to make the kinds of poems only you can. We will provoke new drafts through play and collaboration, remixing approaches to sound, structure, and spontaneity. Expect meetings dedicated to generative writing, reading innovative poets (think Vievee Francis, Malika Booker, Anne Carson, Sarah Howe, Patrick Rosal, Natalie Diaz, Solmaz Sharif, Tyehimba Jess), and conversations about the matter and melody of all you create.

R.A. Villanueva’s debut collection, Reliquaria (U. Nebraska Press, 2014), won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His new writing appears in Poetry, the American Poetry Review, Guernica, Prac Crit, and widely elsewhere. Villanueva's honors include a commendation from the Forward Prizes, Ninth Letter Literary Award, and fellowships from Kundiman, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, and The Asian American Literary Review. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, he lives in Brooklyn.

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: January 31, 2018 at 11:59 pm. All applicants will be notified by February 14, 2018.

Dates:
 Tuesdays, 6-9 pm. February 27; March 6, 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1; Culminating Reading: Tuesday, May 8, 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.
  • 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.
  • Single page cover letter that includes the following information, if applicable:
    1. Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended, including instructor and year.
    2. Previous publications and poetry prizes
    3. One-two sentences maximum about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop

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

Questions?
Contact Elizabeth Bryant at 718.858.0000 or ebryant@ccpoets.org.