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The Black Metic Experience: A Master Class with Nick Makoha (via Zoom)


An engaging and provoking poetry masterclass with Nick Makoha, winner of the Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015. It explores the Black Metic Experience of poets and investigates how writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile himself, Nick uses Metic to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US. The aim is to investigate each participants’ own unique Metic experience.
A metic is an individual whose allegiances are split between their homeland and the country they are now resident in. Such an experience impacts the work of writers. With Nick, you will investigate how black writers in exile are differentiated from natives. As a writer in exile he uses this to explain the phenomena experienced by black writers in the UK and the US.
What will you do in the workshop? The aim over the workshop is to discover your unique metic experience and use that to forge your writing process. The workshop will also include writing prompts to help kickstart your creativity. Who is the workshop for? This course is for anyone interested in exploring issues of identity, race, and migration. Exercises will be short and accessible to writers and readers of all levels of experience. This course is primarily aimed at people from BAME backgrounds, but all are welcome. Workshop participants are encouraged to bring samples of their poetry writing to work on and discuss.

Nick Makoha was shortlisted for the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection for his debut, Kingdom of Gravity. He is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow, Malika’s Kitchen Fellow, and Complete Works Alumni. He won the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry prize and is the 2016 winner of the Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for his pamphlet, Resurrection Man. His poems appeared in The New York TimesPoetry ReviewRialtoPoetry LondonTriquarterly ReviewBoston ReviewCallaloo, and Wasafiri. His poem ‘Vista’ was used as part of a video installation to promote the Turner prize in 2008 for Tate Remix. His poem “Beatitude” is included in Being Human, the third book in the Staying Alive poetry trilogy. In 2005 award winning publisher Flippedeye launched its pamphlet series with his debut, The Lost Collection of an Invisible Man. He is a trustee for the Arvon Foundation and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. Born in Uganda, Nick Makoha fled the country with his mother, as a result of the political overtones that arose from the civil war during the Idi Amin dictatorship. He has lived in Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and currently resides in London. He has presented his work at many international events and toured for the British Council in Finland, Czech Republic, the United States, and the Netherlands. Nick Makoha’s chapbook, The Second Republic, was published by Slapering Hol Press as part of the first Seven New Generation African Poets Box Set edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani.

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Sunday, November 19, 2023
Times: 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Presenter: Hudson Valley Writers Center
Presenter Phone: 9143325953
Presenter Website: https://www.writerscenter.org/calendar/metic/