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"Writing and Revising in 3-D"

In this workshop we will focus on the vectors of Rhythm (& Meter), Music, and Meaning; how they converge and how to skillfully employ various techniques, such as structural coherence, tension/resolution and the principle of alternation both within and across vectors in ways that are empirically proven to have both physiological and psychological impact on the readers of our poems. We will learn to employ these techniques as "Tools not Rules," while both reading and writing in 3D (subtext, text and metatext) to enhance our abilities to both generate and revise our poems.

Joel Dias-Porter (@Diasporter) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He represented Washington, DC as either a team member or an individual competitor at the National Poetry Slam for six consecutive years from 1994-1999. He made the individual finals five years in a row and in 1998 and 1999 was also Heads Up Haiku Slam Champion. His work can be found in Time Magazine, POETRY, Mead, The Offending Adam, Best American Poets 2014, Callalloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Asheville Review, and Beltway Quarterly. His work has also been anthologized in Resisting Arrest, Gathering Ground, Love Poetry out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, and Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, and Catch a Fire. He has performed on the "Today Show," "SlamNation" and in the film "Slam." He is a Cave Canem fellow. He currently lives in Atlantic City, NJ. 

Dates: Wednesdays, 6-9 pm. September 13, 20, & 27; October 4, 11, 18 & 25; November 1 & 8.

A public reading will take place on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 6:30 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 commit to attending all ten 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.

Deadline to Apply: Monday, August 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST.  

Notification: No later than Friday September 1, 2017, by e-mail.

To Apply:
Please upload a document including:

  • Maximum of five pages of poems (no more than one poem per page) written in any style.
  • Contact information on every page: name, telephone number, and postal and e-mail addresses.
  • Brief bio (maximum 200 words) that includes the following information, where applicable:
    • List all Cave Canem workshops you’ve attended.
    • List your publications and any poetry prizes you have won.
    • One-two sentences about what you wish to accomplish in the workshop.
By submitting your application, you agree to the aforementioned terms of eligibility.

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