Originally from New York City, Monifa has studied theatrical arts most of her life and performed in plays, including Dreamgirls in SC at Workshop Theatre and Two Trains Running at Black Spectrum Theatre in NY.
Who We Are
The Watering Hole
In essence, TWH is a safe space for writers of color without regard for origin, age, gender, sexuality, varied abilities, or religion. In addition, we are equally a home for both written and spoken word artists–anyone who wants to grow in the craft. The Watering Hole was created as a Facebook Group by fellows of the Cave Canem South Workshops. We draw much of our inspiration from those three-day workshops, which were hosted by Dr. Kwame Dawes, editor of Prairie Schooner. The sessions were led by Nikky Finney, a National Book Award winner; Patricia Smith, who was inducted into the International Literary Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent, and Frank X Walker, co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. TWH unapologetically invests in pursuing the craft of poetry, learning about southern poets of color and poets who write about the South, providing affordable classes and retreats, swinging open the door for diverse forms of poetry, and pushing the bounds of a contemporary writing community.
We are TWH Tribe–a communion of poets reaching for a goal together, who accept, support, and encourage each other, who open safe spaces for trust, honesty, and risk, who love, love, love each other freely and forgive each other without hesitation, who uplift and hold accountable, who bring peace and stand in solidarity, who celebrate and mourn together, who adhere to the belief that when one of us wins, we all win, family beyond blood. ~2014 Winter Retreat Fellows We promote teamwork as an essential part of the writing practice and encourage community building, in place of business networking. Part of our mission is to provide online and face-to-face spaces for active poets to build relationships and create community with each other. To join us, visit our Facebook Group and just say hi! In this forum, we talk craft, share poems, advice, personal stories, and so on in an interpersonal context. You can also follow us on Twitter.
A Place For You
TWH unapologetically invests in pursuing the craft of poetry. . .
She is a Callaloo Fellow who writes in the mode of Afrofuturism and covers topics of black aliens, mutants, and mermaids. .
“A home for poets of color in the South.”
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TWH/Clemson $1,000 Slam March 29, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.: See 6 prolific spoken word geniuses compete for $1,000; Kung Fu Cantina,...
Our very own Candace Wiley has new poems and an interview by Chaparral’s I.S. Jones! Check it out! http://www.chaparralpoetry.net/first-issue-2016/ Here’s an excerpt...
It is with extreme excitement that we announce our very special 2015 guest and Performance Masterclass facilitator....
Monifa has a great interview with Bronco Radio out of Fayetteville! We’re doing everything we can to get the word out!...
If you want your world to change, watch Len’s interview with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie on poetry, the state of poetry, and...
We are proud to announce three need-based retreat scholarships: Norman Jordan Scholarship for West Virginia Writers of Color, endowed by Mixxed...
Sat., Dec. 26 – Wed., Dec. 30, 2015. Santee State Park, in Santee, South Carolina. This retreat is open to everyone but preference is given to members of The Watering Hole Facebook group. Applications Deadline: October 1, 2015 Application = cover letter + 3 poems + $5 reading fee
Cover letters change shape based on what you are applying for. Sometimes poetry submissions lay out exactly what they are looking for in a cover letter. Often they don't. Always, check that organization’s guidelines. Now for the how go's.
The Watering Hole, in honor of our mission to bring performance and craft to all that we do, invites you to...
Tribe--a communion of poets reaching for a goal together, who accept, support, and encourage each other, who open safe spaces for trust, honesty, and risk, who love, love, love each other freely and forgive each other without hesitation, who uplift and hold accountable, who bring peace and stand in solidarity, who celebrate and mourn together, who adhere to the belief that when one of us wins, we all win, family beyond blood.
“The Watering Hole is a writing institution that is the affect and effect of womanist writer praxis. . .”
“I was born and raised in South Carolina and know that a journey to a Watering Hole is not a wasted trip; it’s a trip of necessity..”
“We learn and grow at each other’s feet.”