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October 9, 6:30 pm (VIP Reception: 5:15 – 6:15 pm)
Turning Into Dwelling / A Lecture by Terrance Hayes

Named a Spring 2015 Bagley Wright Lecturer, Terrance Hayes kicks off Cave Canem’s new Lectures & Master Classes series and previews his tour with a talk on poetic community, poetic advocacy and poetic isolation. With “Turning into Dwelling: The Space between the Poet and the Poem,” he investigates and takes inspiration from the poems of the late African American poet Christopher Gilbert (1949 – 2007), a prominent literary figure in Boston and Cambridge and recipient of the Walt Whitman Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1983.  Hayes is the author of Lighthead, winner of the 2010 National Book Award, and three previous award-winning collections. His new book of poems, How to Be Drawn, is forthcoming from Penguin in 2015.

General admission $10 in advance or at the door.  Reservations recommended: seating limited.
VIP admission $25 by reservation only. RSVP by  September 30, 2014. Reception 5:15-6:15 pm. Call 718.858.0000  for more information.

The BAM Connection
20 Jay Street, Suite 302
Brooklyn, NY

October 10, 4 pm
The Hungry Heart Is Telling You: Nikky Finney Feature Reading

Be transported, challenged and engaged by the National Book Award winning poet who “manipulates into music the words readers use to see, hear, and understand a soul's history (Jericho Brown).” Old Dominion University’s 37th Annual Literary Festival, October 6-10, foregrounds the relationships of food and sustenance in literary, cultural, poetic and political contexts.

This is a Writers Circuit-curated reading: the poet has donated her honorarium to benefit Cave Canem.

Chandler Recital Hall, F
Ludwig Diehn Center for the Performing Arts
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

October 14, 6:30 pm (VIP Reception: 5:15 – 6:15 pm)
The Concept Book—All Bark & No Bite? / A Lecture by Kimiko Hahn
American Book Award winner Kimiko Hahn confronts the question, “When a concept drives your draft collection, how can you tell if the poems have any bite?”  While a good idea does not necessarily lead to successful poetry, in exploring, writing and revising, we can connect an overarching concept to our own deepest concerns. Hahn discusses taking a manuscript’s driving force back to the self by exploring  Cornelius Eady’s Brutal Imagination, Tyehimba Jess’s Leadbelly, Yusef Komunyakaa’s Talking Dirty to the Gods and Patricia Smith’s Blood Dazzler, and describes how she pulls together her own manuscripts.

A Distinguished Professor in the English department at Queens College/ CUNY, she is the award-winning author of nine books of poetry, including the recently released Brain Fever (Norton, 2014), praised by Tracy K. Smith as “a beautiful and troubling book, a marriage of what matters most: the mysteries buried at our very core and the world that cradles and cuts into us at every turn.”

General admission $10 in advance or at the door.  Reservations recommended: seating limited.
VIP admission $25 by reservation only. RSVP by  October 7, 2014. Reception 5:15-6:15 pm. Call 718.858.0000  for more information.

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

October 21, 6:30 pm
Poets on Craft: Aracelis Girmay
and Fady Joudah

Join poets Aracelis Girmay and Fady Joudah for a lively conversation on aesthetics, the role of the contemporary poet, cultural displacement and other topical issues. Brief readings by the poets precede the discussion and Q & A follows. Girmay is the author of two collections of poetry, including the 2011 Isabella Gardner Award-winner Kingdom Animalia, described by Camille T. Dungy as a book that “maps the world in which we live…reminding us of what sets us apart, and what ties us together.” Judah is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Alight and the ebook Textu. His debut collection, The Earth in the Attic, won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, and his translation of Ghassan Zaqtan's Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me received the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2013.  Tonya M. Foster, author of Swarm of Bees in High Court, moderates.

Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

The New School
Orozco Room
66 West 12th Street,
7th Floor, Room 712
New York, NY

October 22, 6:30 pm
Experimental Forms /A Master Class with Fady Joudah

Using his innovative collection Textu (Copper Canyon Press, 2014)  as illustration and jumping-off point, acclaimed poet and translator Fady Joudah leads participants through an exploration of inventive poetic forms. Textu is a book-long thread of poems composed as cell phone text messages of exactly 160 characters.  Joudah observes, “In those short poems, I found myself writing more about medicine and patients and science, in general, but also about eros and myth and ars poetica. Textu is as much a dialogue with the gods of capital as it is the independent art of the short poem (Interview with Suzanne Koven, “The Big Idea #7,” The Rumpus, 11/18/2013).”  

Class enrollment is limited to 17 participants. Individuals with an Amazon account who register by October 20 will receive a complimentary copy of  Textu (e-book edition). Call 718.858.0000 to request your copy.

$65 admission / $45 students by reservation only. RSVP by October 21, 2014, 5 pm.

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