Poetry Surgery with Nick Makoha

Poetry Surgery with Nick Makoha

In-depth 1-2-1 discussion on your poetry with Nick Makoha.

This is a rare opportunity for feedback on your work from prize-winning poet, playwright, and tutor Nick Makoha, author of Kingdom of Gravity (Peepal Tree, 2017) and founder of The Obsidian Foundation. 

Nick will spend 21 May resident with the Poetry School, with four 1-hour slots available, for in-depth one-to-one discussion on your poetry; so, book a slot and prepare a selection of poems-in-progress for advice and guidance. 

The following slots are available (all times given in BST):

To book your session with Nick, click ‘purchase course’ and then select a slot from the drop-down menu. You may submit up to 6 poems of no more than 150 lines total. Poems should be sent to [email protected] no less than 2 weeks before your session. 

This course will take place in our new home in Somerset House Exchange, New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA. To get to us, please come to New Wing of Somerset House, via Lancaster Place off Waterloo Bridge.

About Nick Makoha View Profile

Nick Makoha is the founder of The Obsidian Foundation.Winner of the 2021 Ivan Juritz prize and the Poetry London Prize. In 2017, Nick’s debut collection, Kingdom of Gravity, was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection and was one of the Guardian’s best books of the year. Nick is a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and the Complete Works alumnus. He won the 2015 Brunel International AfricanPoetry Prize and the 2016 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. His play The Dark – produced by Fuel Theatre and directed by JMK award-winner Roy Alexander – was on a national tour in 2019. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Alfred Fagon Award and won the 2021 Columbia International Play Reading prize. His poems have appeared in the Cambridge Review, the New York Times, Poetry Review, The Rialto, Poetry London, TriQuarterly Review, 5 Dials, Boston Review, Callaloo and Wasaari. He is a Trustee for the Arvon Foundation and the Ministry of Stories, and a member of the Malika’s Poetry Kitchen collective. https://nickmakoha.com


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