Ends on January 31, 2019


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.    

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. 

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, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST. Applicants will be notified by February 12, 2019.

Suggested Donation: $30 - $240

Dates: Tuesday evenings, 6 - 8:30 pm; Feb 26; Mar 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 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.

Please note:  This is a 10 week commitment; if you anticipate absence from more than 2 sessions, please do not apply! 

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. 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.

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