Ends on January 31, 2018

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.

 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.

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.

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