Black Poets Masterclass: US Poets, Part 1

Black Poets Masterclass: US Poets, Part 1

Karen McCarthy Woolf
  • Karen McCarthy Woolf Arvon Poetry Writing Tutor
    Karen McCarthy Woolf
Date Thursday September 7th 2023, 11:00-13:00 BST
Location Online

Arvon is proud to be partnering with Obsidian, RSL, The National Poetry Library and The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society to host The Black Poets Masterclass Series

Each month from May to December 2023, four award-winning poets will explore four distinct areas of the Black poetry canon, looking at Black writers past and present from Africa, the US, the Caribbean and the UK.

Join Karen McCarthy Woolf for the fifth session of the Black Poets Masterclass Series.

Karen McCarthy Woolf’s An Aviary of Small Birds was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection.  Her latest book is Seasonal Disturbances, which explores nature, the city, the sacred and the self.

The series is not-for-profit and everyone is welcome. We encourage anyone in a position to do so to pay-it-forward by paying the full price. Any profits from the series will fund a bursary for Black writers to come on an Arvon residential of their choice in 2024. Each session is £17.50, with half-price concessions and fully funded places available.

Join us over the course of eight months for a deep dive into the Black poetry canon, equipping you to explore what a decolonised poetry canon might look like and future-proofing the names of Black poets at risk of being forgotten.

Other Masterclasses in the Black Poets Masterclass Series:

Cost: £17.50

Concession: £8.75

As part of our effort to increase participation in the arts, we offer limited concessionary places at a 50% reduction. You can select this option at checkout if available.

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"These zoom opportunities are really helping to open my world and keep me inspired to write."
— Masterclass participant
"Arvon at Home creates a model to participate in inspirational tutoring for writers, at a distance. The feeling of attending to my writing life in an excellent fashion, and still having a half-day for my work and caring responsibilities at home, felt like a good balance."
— Masterclass participant
"It was an absolutely brilliant session and very very useful. And it made me realise how much I’ve missed this kind of workshop because of having children and family that I can’t leave. Now we’re all in the same boat the online stuff is truly transformative."
— Masterclass participant



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