"...the major watering hole and

air pocket for black poetry."

                                                                                             -Nikky Finney









Mark your calendar!

Two by Martín Espada:

February 5, 6 pm: Celebrate the launch of  Vivas to Those Who Have Failed, hailed by Richard Blanco as a “tenderly elegiac, yet fierce collection.”

February 6, 6 pm: Attend a lecture: I’ve Known Rivers: Speaking of the Unspoken Places in Poetry


New Works Reading
February 19, 6 pm: Tonya M. Foster, Nate Marshall & Phillip B. Williams

Cave Canem Poetry Prize
March 15: Enter the 2016 competition, judged by Kwame Dawes.

Benefit Reception & Fellows Reading celebrating Cave Canem’s 20th Anniversary!

March 30 in Los Angeles: Reserve your ticket today for an evening of exceptional poetry at art space/restaurant Elysian, Frog Town’s “little slice of heaven nestled between the 5 and the Los Angeles River.”


In the News

Robin Coste Lewis wins 2015 National Book Award for Poetry

Jacqueline Jones LaMon Elected President

Toi Derricotte to Retire as President: Tribute Fund Established

Tribute Event for Toi Derricotte. View ceremony on YouTube.

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Competition launched!

Donika Ross wins 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer for Digest