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Interactive Poetry Workshop

Continuing and Professional Studies

Interactive Poetry Workshop

Workshop Facilitators 



Keisha Anderson

Keisha-Gaye Anderson is a Jamaican-born poet, author, visual artist, and media professional living in Brooklyn, NY. Gathering the Waters (Jamii Publishing 2014) is her first poetry collection. She is a past participant of the VONA Voices and Callaloo writing workshops, and was short-listed for the Small Axe Literary Competition. She is a graduate of the Syracuse University Newhouse School and holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from The City College, CUNY.


The Auburn Avenue :

Split This Rock:Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience:

Small Axe Salon :

Video of Keisha:

Follow her on Twitter @KeishaGaye1.


Allia Abdullah-Matta

Allia Abdullah-Matta

Allia Abdullah-Matta is an Associate Professor at CUNY LaGuardia Community College

and a poet who believes that art and creative expression are transformative. She has featured

at the Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon Anniversary (2017), for Newtown Literary

at the NYC Poetry Festival (2017), and the Poets & Writers Cross Cultural Reading (2018), and 

for No Dear Magazine Poets Who Love Poets (2018). She has published poems in Newtown

Literary, Promethean, and Marsh Hawk Review. 




Juliet P. Howard

JP Howard aka JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System), was a 2016 Lambda Literary finalist. Belladonna* published her chaplet bury your love poems here. JP was a 2017 Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist and is featured in the 2017 Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series (Headmistress Press). She received a Lambda Emerging Writer Award. JP obtained fellowships from Cave Canem, VONA, and Lambda. She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon and has facilitated numerous writing workshops, including for Apogee Journal, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, and CCNY. JP holds a BA from Barnard College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School and an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York (CCNY).



Etheree for black women Split This Rock's Poem of the Week
Bedtime poem for america Split This Rock's Poems of Resistance, Power & Resilience
What to Say to a Friend Who Wants to Give Up HIV Here and Now Projects

2017 Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award Gala ~ JP Howard gives FREEDOM PLOW AWARD FINALIST SPEECH
Split this Rock Interview with JP Howard, 2017 Freedom Plow Award Finalist

 Follow her on Twitter @JPHoward_poet or @WomenWriteBloom


Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick

Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A poet and storyteller with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Fine Arts Work Center, the MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Poets House, and the Vermont Studio Center. She is a winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry. Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem "Things I Carry Into the World" was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and WNET Reel 13.  Her work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art,  Foundry, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books, Muzzle Magazine,  The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.