"...the major watering hole and

air pocket for black poetry."

                                                                                             -Nikky Finney










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Mark your calendar!

Through March 19, 2015
Color Conversion: Works by William Villalongo on exhibit at Cave Canem.

March 9, 11:59 pm
Deadline to submit to the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first collection by a black poet of African descent. $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press. Nikky Finney judges.

March 16, 6:30 pm
It’ll Have You Trippin’: Pacing and Payoff in Stand-up and Verse: A Lecture by Adrian Matejka

March 17, 6 pm
Poets on Craft: Sandra Lim and Frank X Walker

March 19, 6:30 pm
Seeing Home from a Distance: James Baldwin’s Views on Place

March 30, 6:30 pm
Poetry Conversations: A Reading

In the News

Elizabeth Alexander elected to Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors

Five Cave Canem Poets launch #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Terrance Hayes named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Cave Canem papers acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Library

Furious Flower honors Derricotte, Harper, Komunyakaa & Nelson

Rickey Laurentiis receives 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Boy with Thorn