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Deadline to apply: August 12, 2024, 11:59 PM (ET)

Workshop Period: Tuesdays, September 10 - November 5 | 6 PM - 9 PM CDT 

Workshops held at Inprint House 1520 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006

Public Reading: November 12, 2024


About the Workshop

This workshop will explore multiple writing and revision techniques, drawing possibilities for new work from participants' own work and the poems by Yusef Komunyakaa, Jamaica Kincaid, Kim Addonizio, and Lucille Clifton among others. In addition, poets will learn to open up their poems to further invention and revise toward the invitation of mastery and surprise. The group will also read specific poems and essays to encourage shared discussions about the craft.

Participants will implement literary devices such as metaphor and personification and the significance of powerful line breaks & points of view. Throughout the course, students will also imitate model texts from the aforementioned poets in an effort to understand how a voice is shaped.

In the tenth week of the workshop, the cohort will celebrate their work by presenting a public reading. 

About the Instructor

Jonathan Moody received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh where he was also a Cave Canem fellow. He is the published author of The Doomy Poems and Olympic Butter Gold (winner of the 2014 Cave Canem/Northwestern University Poetry Press Prize). His work has appeared in African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Common, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review and is forthcoming in the anthology Dear Mr. Yusef: Essays, Letters, and Poems, For and About One Mr. Komunyakaa.

Moody teaches AP English at South Houston High School and lives in Pearland, TX, with his wife and three sons.

Eligability & Guidelines

Any adult (18 or older) Black poet of any experience level who is a resident of the city or immediate surrounding area may apply to participate in the workshop. Cave Canem defines Black poets as any poet who identifies as a member of the African Diaspora.

Applicants must submit five original poems and a short cover letter through the Submittable application. One application per poet will be accepted. Please note that all workshop participants are required to take a post-workshop survey after the conclusion of the program. Photos of participants may be taken throughout the workshops and reading.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.