< 2013   




April 2, 5 pm
CUNY’s 2014 Chapbook Festival: Rapid-Fire Fellows Reading

Come hear Cave Canem fellows and chapbook authors Rickey Laurentiis and Simone White kick off this popular annual event, sharing the stage with recipients of emerging writers’ fellowships from Poets House and the Poetry Project. Free and open to the public. A reception follows.

CUNY Graduate Center
Elebash Recital Hall
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY

April 5, 2 pm
“Sometimes you are afraid to listen”: A Tribute to Amiri Baraka (1934 – 2014)

Join an afternoon of readings and performances celebrating the life, work and legacy of Amiri Baraka, seminal writer, activist, educator and critic who forged new ways of seeing Black culture—American culture. Presenters include Ammiel Alcalay, Steve Dalachinsky, Toi Derricotte, Latasha Natasha Nevada Diggs, Cornelius Eady with Rough Magic, Thomas Sayers Ellis with James Brandon Lewis, David Henderson, Bob Holman, Oliver Lake, Tracie Morris, Julie Patton, Greg Tate, Quincy Troupe, and Anne Waldman with Ambrose Bye. Co-presented with the Poetry Project. Free and open to the public.

The Sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church
131 East 10th Street
New York, NY

April 18, 5pm
Cave Canem,
Kundiman & Alice James: A Reading

Cave Canem fellow Jamaal May teams up with Kundiman fellows Cathy Linh Che and Sally Wen Mao for a dynamic evening of poetry. The three Alice James Books prize winners read from their debut collections: Hum, recipient of the Beatrice Hawley Award;  Split, selected for the 2012 Kundiman Poetry Prize; and Mad Honey Symposium,  awarded the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award, respectively. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

New York University
Lillian Vernon House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY

April 21, 6:30 pm
Poetry Conversations: A Reading

Workshop poets showcase new work honed in spring 2014 Poetry Conversations sessions led by instructor Mahogany L. Browne, a Cave Canem fellow, creative writing teacher, published poet and spoken word artist. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Suite 310-A
Brooklyn, NY

April 23, 6pm
Breakthrough: Writing Poems that Battle/Render Us
Whole: A Reading

Workshop participants present new poems crafted in Cave Canem fellow Tameka Cage Conley’s Breakthrough: Writing Poems that Battle/Render Us Whole, a spring workshop for African American poets. Reception to follow.

Hill House Association
1835 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

April 29, 6:30 pm
New Works Reading

Hear fellows Reginald Flood, Roxane Beth Johnson and Amber Flora Thomas read from their recently released poetry collections. Patricia Smith calls Reginald Flood’s Coffle “an effusive down-home symphony that surrounds the reader with a warmly familiar, addicting music.” Roxane Beth Johnson’s new collection, Black Crow Dress, has been praised by Jericho Brown as “mov[ing] forward like a novel in verse with a real understanding of the differences between the past and history.” Amber Flora Thomas’s second book, The Rabbits Could Sing, “invite[s] readers into a world thick with the lush bounty of summer in the far north, where the present is never far from the shadow of the past.” Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

The New School
Theresa Lang Center
55 W. 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY