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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.


t’ai freedom ford

t’ai freedom ford is a New York City high school English teacher, Cave Canem Fellow, and two-time Pushcart Prize nominee. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in No, Dear, The African American Review, Gulf Coast, Vinyl, Muzzle, RHINO, Poetry and others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies including The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop. In 2012 and 2013, she completed two multi-city tours as a part of a queer women of color literary salon, The Revival. In 2014, she was the winner of The Feminist Wire’s inaugural poetry contest judged by Evie Shocklee. She was  a 2015 Center for Fiction Fellow and the Poetry Project’s 2016 Emerge-Surface-Be Poetry fellow. Winner of the 2015 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize, her first poetry collection, how to get over is available from Red Hen Press. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn, but hangs out digitally at:





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


Amber Atiya

Amber Atiya is a poet whose creative practice incorporates elements of performance, book arts, and visual arts. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Bettering American Poetry Anthology 2015, Boston Review, Brooklyn Poets Anthology, PEN America, Poets & Writers Blog, Nepantla: A Journal Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color, the Poetry Foundation's blog Harriet, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poets House, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and NURTUREart in collaboration with visual artist Ezra Wube. A proud native Brooklynite, she is a member of a women's writing group celebrating 15 years in 2017. Her chapbook the fierce bums of doo-wop (Argos Books) was chosen for The Volta’s Best Books of 2014.


Three poems published in the Boston Review:

arizona is a dream state (originally published on the Lambda Literary website):


Interview: Alyss Lit, 2015:

Interview: Voices of Bettering American Poetry, 2016:

Follow her on Twitter @AmberAtiyaNYC