May 1, 7 pm
Cave Canem at Nuyorican Poets Café
Award-winning poet Natalie Diaz, author of When My Brother Was an Aztec (Copper Canyon, 2012), joins Cave Canem fellows Robin Coste Lewis & Derrick Weston Brown, along with honorary fellow Camille Rankine, for a lively reading at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café. BrownÕs Wisdom Teeth (PM Press, 2011) balances "the bridge between Ellington and the sacred tribes of hip-hop" (Tyehimba Jess). Rankine's Slow Dance with Trip Wire was selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America's 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. $7 Admission, a portion of which benefits Cave Canem.
Nuyorican Poets Café
236 East 3rd Street
New York, NY
May 3, 2 pm
Cave Canem at the 2013 Chapbook Festival
Raven Jackson, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, Brian Francis, Nicole Terez Dutton and Natalie Diaz share poetry at this fifth celebration of the chapbook.
CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York City
May 6, 6:30 pm
Cave Canem Workshop Poets Read
Participants in Cave Canem's spring workshops share poems honed in class. Instructors Natalie Diaz & Khadijah Queen host.
20 Jay Street
May 10, 5 pm
Happy Hour Reading and Conversation:
Cave Canem, Kundiman, & CantoMundo Poetry Fellows
An evening of poetry and conversation with CantoMundo fellow Eduardo Corral, Kundiman fellow Matthew Olzmann, and Cave Canem fellow Nicole Terez Dutton. Refreshments will be served. Free & open to the public.
New York University
Lillian Vernon House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY
May 14, 6:30 pm
Jayne Cortez & Sekou Sundiata: The Legacy Conversation Revisited
In 2002, Jayne Cortez and Sekou Sundiata participated in a Cave Canem Legacy Conversation, discussing historical, aesthetic, political and personal influences on their craft and thought. Join us to hear selections from their recorded conversation, not heard publicly since 2002. Panelists Tracie Morris, the Conversation's original moderator, along with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady, will respond to the poets' exchange and discuss the impact of their legacy on todayÕs poetics. Q & A and a reception will follow.
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Cave Canem is one of 19 cultural & educational partners mounting a seven-month, NYC-wide retrospective celebrating the work and creative legacy of Sekou Sundiata (1948 - 2007), the prolific artist and activist who identified himself as a "Public Poet" working within the nexus of art, dialogue, civics and humanities, and who merged his art with scholarship through a long teaching career. Explore seven months of programs throughout the city, including a Cave Canem performance at My Image Studios on September 10, 2013, with Karma Mayet Johnson, Tyehimba Jess and guest musicians. Curated and produced by MAPP International Productions, "Blink Your Eyes" is a Rockefeller FoundationÕs NYC Cultural Innovation Fund project.