Cave Canem is a great environment for me to hone my craft as an African American Poet

I arrived 15 minutes early to my Cave Canem poetry workshop. It is located on the 3rd floor in Suite 301-A in a building that looks like a big warehouse with tall ceilings and big rooms. I love the ambience and the environment at Cave Canem. I know the workshop is going to be great after the first session. I feel happy I got in to this workshop this Fall ’15 and to the other workshop I applied to last Fall ’14. There are eight to ten of us in the workshop and that works. We all sit around a huge rectangular table and take turns talking or sharing. We are supposed to be reading poetry books while we’re taking the workshop. I’m reading Claudia Rakine’s Citizen and I also plan to read Jean Toomer’s Cane over these next seven weeks.

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I am a Black Guyanese woman. I'm thirty nine years old. I went back to college to take Early Childhood Education classes. I want to get a second 48-credit BA degree in Early Childhood Education by 2021. I go to NJCU. I have a BA in Creative Writing from NJCU. I graduated from NJCU in August 2015. I transferred to NJCU from Mercer. I have my AA degree from Mercer in Humanities and Social Science since May 2007. I write poems, I write memoirs, I'm a blogger and I am taking a children's lit course. I love reading memoirs. I also do book reviews from time to time. My favorite poet is Emily Dickinson. I grew up in Ewing, New Jersey. I live in Princeton Junction with my parents!

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