Dream Space is a creative space where CAAPP hosts the development of new work by poets, scholars, poet-scholars, and other artistic practitioners whose work intersects with African American and African diasporic poetry and poetics. Visiting guests are afforded funding, time, and space to do research and think at their leisure, meet and collaborate with one another and Pittsburgh-area writers on new projects, and participate in other events as necessary. In Dream Space, we encourage cross-genre and cross-disciplinary collaboration. It is composed of two arms:
The CAAPP Residency Program
Through the Dream Space residency program, we offer both individual and collaborative residencies, where the goal is to create a single work and present that work (or work in progress) to students, faculty, and community members at Co-Lab, a space where audience members ask the presenter(s) to engage with outside texts to further the creators’ understanding of their own work in progress. The collaborative residency invites teams of poets, scholars, poet-scholars, artists (or lawyers, physicists, architects!) and thinkers and makers of all varieties to come together to create a collaborative work in the broader field of poetics for a month or several months at a time. This is a space for visionary enactment.