Cantab Workshop for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 with Claudia M. Wilson

Join Claudia M. Wilson, the night’s scheduled feature, for an early-bird poetry workshop at the Cantab Lounge before the show. The one-hour workshop has limited space and begins at 5:30, with latecomers admitted no later than 6:00. This is a revision workshop and anyone who wants to bring a poem of their own to edit and contribute to the workshop environment is welcome. Description from the workshop leader:

“Revision is making the poem become more itself.” —Audre Lorde

What are the default words that you use in your poems? What are the words that do the most work and words that do not? What words are used anyway when you feel you have run out of options? We’ll look at the poems of Gary Soto, Carolyn Forche, and Lucille Clifton to form and refine our framework. We’ll look at drafts of our own work and then look at words that are doing the most work. We’ll also look for words that are not. Under these guidelines, we’ll linger on what our poems become when we make these choices. Can they become themselves?

*This workshop requires that you bring: one draft of your own work for revision, a pen, something to write on, kindness for yourself and your peer, and full attire cause it’s cold in these streets.

Cover charge is $5-$20 sliding scale, which includes admission to the evening show. We ask financially stable poets to consider contributing the higher end of this scale (or more) in order to defer costs for others and support this teaching artist’s generous donation of time to our space. Please note that no one who desires to write and contribute to the community of the workshop will be turned away for lack of funds!

Due to the constraints of the venue, this workshop has limited space; room can be guaranteed to poets who identify as POC or queer. The best way to be sure there is room in the workshop for you is to directly email the series curator.

The venue is 18+ and a photo ID is required. For more information on the night’s open mic, slam, and feature from Claudia, click here.