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"A Street in Brooklyn: Writing into the Urban Landscape"

"It was quite a time for loving. It was midnight. It was May." 

Gwendolyn Brooks, The Old-Marrieds

In this workshop, writers will primarily read and meditate on Gwendolyn Brooks' works as she "saw and heard in the street," a poet who, "could look first on one side and then the other (of her apartment on the corner). There was (her) material." 

Using Brooks' model of poet as writing the urban landscape, we will write our own poems and discuss the importance of being in a present environment while also considering the poetry of our everyday: public transportation, parks, apartments and houses, neighborhoods and neighbors. The scene and unseen. We will create and an archive of poems of our today: poetry that sings and a poetry that urges us to see and remember.

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, DeLana R.A. Dameron is a writer and arts and culture administrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Dameron is the author of Weary Kingdom and her debut collection How God Ends Us was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. Dameron holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She has conducted readings, workshops and lectures all across the United States, Central America and Europe. For more information, visit www.delanaradameron.com.

Dates: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 pm. September 19 & 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31. 

A public reading will take place on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm.

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

Who's eligible:

  • Poets of color living in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Poets at the early-to-intermediate stage of their writing endeavors.
  • Individuals who commit to attending all 8 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.

Up to 15 participants will be selected by lottery, with preference given to applicants who have attended fewer than three workshops. 

Deadline to Apply: Monday, August 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. 

Notification: No later than Wednesday, August 30, 2017, by e-mail.

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

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.

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 Programs & Communications Coordinator, Elizabeth Bryant at 718.858.0000 or ebryant@ccpoets.org.

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