Spring 2017 Dates

TWH Inspirations Academy is a series of day sessions designed to holistically integrate S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) methods into children’s everyday lives th…

Source: Spring 2017 Dates



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, 101 Keith St., Clemson, S.C. (Free and open to the public)

Summer Retreat Series

March 1, 2017 applications will open for three themed small group weekends of writing.


February 9 and 10, 2017: 2 Evening Salons (workshops) and 2 After Hours Parties, 1499 Massachusetts Ave, NW DC. Reserve your workshop spot today.

TWH/Clemson $1,000 Slam (online)

January 15, 2017: Deadline to submit to compete.

Graduation, Keynote Speech, and Fellows Reading

December 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.: Sharan Strange, TWH Graduates and Fellows, Santee State Park, 251 State Park Rd, Santee, S.C. 29142. Come to the Village Round across from Cabin 20. (Free and open to the public)

The Ecotone Magazine Faculty Reading

December 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.: Evie Shockley, Bettina Judd, Dasan Ahanu, and L. Lamar Wilson, Santee State Park, 251 State Park Rd, Santee, S.C. 29142. Come to the Village Round across from Cabin 20. (Free and open to the public)

TWH Winter Retreat 

December 26-30, 2016: Sixty poets of color will be building tribe, learning craft, and growing together through workshops, lectures, group work, readings, etc. at this winter’s retreat. Applications to participate will be open from May 1 to August 1, 2017.

12 Days of Christmas Give-Aways (online)

December 13-24, 2016: Like and Follow our brand new Facebook Page to get 12 days of free resources from The Watering Hole. (Free and open to the public)








This retreat is funded in part

  • by a grant from South Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The South Carolina Arts Commission,
  • by a grant from the S.C. Humanities Council, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities,
  • by a grant from The South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the S.C. General Assembly,
  • by a sponsorship from Ecotone, the literary magazine that seeks to reimagine place, published by the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. https://ecotonemagazine.org
  • and by pivotal support from private donors like you.

Candace’s New Interview and Poems

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 of an answer about her poetry:

“In general, Fantasy and Sci-Fi pretend that people of color and otherwise othered people don’t exist at all in an enchanted yesteryear or a scientific future or that they don’t exist with any significance (in numbers, purpose, presence, etc.).

Afrofuturism works to write people of color into these genres. My poetic work explores space, the deep sea, mythology, and speculative futures as part of the African diaspora. I try to address questions that I’ve had in ways that are reasonable within any of these alternate universes.

Q: Why haven’t we found bodies from the Middle Passage?
A: Because Africans who were tossed or jumped overboard during the Middle Passage were transformed by Yoruba deities into colorful undead merfolk.

Q: From where does the legend of the Flying African begin?
A: From a Klingon transporter on a Bird of Prey warship.

Q: Where do giants like Goliath come from?
A: Well, when a human and a Klingon really love each other,…

Q: Why do police shoot unarmed black people?
A: Because [some black people] are mutants who can shapeshift.

As it stands, the mainstream U.S. culture doesn’t see us in the past (Fantasy). They don’t see us in the future (Sci-Fi). How can I reasonably expect for them to see us in the present? If they don’t believe we exist as three-dimensional humans in the pasts or futures of the most imaginative genres we have, why would I believe they see us as three-dimensional humans in present reality? … It’s a seemingly strategic erasure when my image and the images of the people I love don’t exist anywhere except for this moment—-this moment in which I live and breathe. And this moment, too, is precarious. Just look at [fill in the blank] tragedy. By simply living in our differences, we can be erased by the fear of that very beauty.”

TWH Adds a Facilitator to the 2015 Poetry Retreat


Last year, we were not only able to provide poetry workshops, we were able to add an improv/storytelling workshop with Darion McCloud to help you enhance your poetic life. It is with extreme excitement that we announce our very special 2015 guest and Performance Masterclass facilitator….

For this year’s retreat, we are delighted to offer you another workshop that will expand your poetic life. Our facilitator who is a Cave Canem Fellow, VONA and Atlantic Center for the Arts Alumnae, theatre director, choreographer, and cultural organizer. She has agreed to join us at this year’s retreat to teach and also stay to share in fellowship. The Watering Hole is proud to present Ebony Noelle Golden

Ebony Noelle Golden is the CEO and principal engagement strategist at Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative, LLC. BDAC is a NYC-based cultural arts direct action group that works to inspire, instigate, and incite transformation, radical expressiveness, and progressive social change through community-designed, culturally-relevant, creative projects. The Houston, TX native is also an accomplished performance artist, poet, director, and choreographer who stages site-specific rituals and live art performances that profoundly explore the complexities of freedom in the time of now.

After completing graduate school and serving as literature and creative writing professor in Durham, North Carolina, Golden funneled her passion for entrepreneurship, arts, culture, and community-based education into BDAC which powers some of the most forward-moving organizations and initiatives pushing for progressive social change. Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative has worked with more than fifty organizations over the last seven years, internationally.

Ebony holds a Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies from New York University, a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Texas A&M University.

Her recent and current performance projects include: Zoo House by Aurin Squire, Looking At A Broad by Rebecca Mwase, Night Vision by Dominique Morriseau, Rain Man by Nambi Kelly, Gypsy and Bully Door by Nina Angela Mercer. She is currently also building a a performance project that looks at the impact of migration and gentrification on working class communities, tentatively titled 125th and Freedom.


For more info about her organization, please visit her site:

For more info about her organization, please visit her site:

Len Lawson’s Interview with Ekere Tallie

If you want your world to change, watch Len​’s interview with Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie​ on poetry, the state of poetry, and her most recent book Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation. We watch this over and over, when we need encouragement or direction. Many thanks to Len Lawson of Sumter, S.C. for proposing and executing this project. We’re excited for the next one!

2016 Winter Retreat Scholarships

We are proud to announce three need-based retreat scholarships: Norman Jordan Scholarship for West Virginia Writers of Color, endowed by Mixxed Media, LLC and The Lindsey Scholarship for Male Poets, donated in memory of George Rufus Lindsey.

These need-based scholarships will be judged by an impartial 3rd party reviewer. (If you do not fall into these categories, we apologize. The basic parameters were set by our very generous donors to address a very specific need.) Please, note that scholarshipped participants cannot qualify for a one-on-one conference with our facilitators. We will update this page as more scholarship donors come forward. If you or someone you know would like to provide a scholarship, please contact us a twhpoetry@gmail.com.

We would like to stress, these are need-based scholarships. Please, only apply if you are in need. We want to help those who need it most. (If you are a university student or faculty, please apply for travel funds through your university.)

Apply here!