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September 2016
Free

Millay Colony Residents Read

September 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Enjoy the work of fellows Malika Booker and Keith Wilson, recipients of the Cave Canem residency to Millay Colony. Booker is the author of Pepper Seed (Peepal Tree Press, 2013), about which Pascale Petit writes, “What enthralls is the way she delivers her narratives in rapturous language that has the power to heal. This is poetry as revelation and prayer.” Affrilachian poet Wilson has published two chapbooks: Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012), and is…

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Cave Canem at the National Book Awards

September 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Weeksville Heritage Center,
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213 United States
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Join the National Book Foundation, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and Weeksville Heritage Center as we celebrate 20 years of Cave Canem’s influence on the literary landscape. Year after year, Cave Canem fellows and faculty members have been winners and finalists for the National Book Awards, bringing fresh diction, form and imagery to our poetics. NBA winners and finalists Terrance Hayes, Yusef Komunyakaa and Marilyn Nelson read and discuss their work with Kyla Marshell, moderator.

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Legacy Conversations: Angela Jackson and Ed Roberson

September 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and conversation between faculty members Ed Roberson and Angela Jackson. Winner of the 2016 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for lifetime achievement, Roberson is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently To See the Earth Before the End of the World (Wesleyan University Press, 2010). Don Share writes, “Roberson’s ten books of poetry take readers, as they have taken the poet himself, to every corner of the vivid labyrinth of life.”…

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New Works: Jonterri Gadson, Kevin Simmonds and Bianca Spriggs

September 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Hear freshly published work by fellows Jonterri Gadson, Kevin Simmonds and Bianca Lynne Spriggs. Gadson is the author of the full-length collection Blues Triumphant (YesYes Books, 2016), and the chapbooks Interruptions and Pepper Girl, which Joelle Biele at The Rumpus called “a big-hearted, fireball of a debut.” Simmonds is a poet and musician whose poetry collections include Bend to it and Mad for Meat, about which Kwame Dawes said, “ poems… marked by humour and intellectual vigor, announce the arrival of a…

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October 2016
Free

New Works: Derrick Lynn Austin, Ishion Hutchinson and Colleen J. McElroy

October 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 W. 13th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Come hear recently published poems by Derrick Lynn Austin, Ishion Hutchinson and Colleen J. McElroy. Austin is the recipient of the A. Poulin, Jr. Award for Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016), about which Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon says, “When you pick up this book, be prepared to dissolve into its atmosphere of gorgeous potential.” Hutchinson has published House of Lords and Commons (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016) and Far District (Peepal Tree Press, 2010), winner of the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award.…

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Freedom Now! A Celebration of Cave Canem’s 20th Anniversary in Poetry and Song

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture,
515 Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10037 United States
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Meet us uptown at the Schomburg Center to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary with a once-in-a-lifetime intergenerational, interdisciplinary artistic village. Helmed by the peformance’s artistic director Karma Mayet Johnson, Freedom Now! features Cave Canem co-founders Toi Derricotte  and Cornelius Eady and Black Arts Movement icon Sonia Sanchez, with a special appearance by New York City-based youth poets. Together, they showcase original work and re-vision the legacy of Audre Lorde and Henry Dumas to deliver a message of consciousness, survival, hope…

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December 2016
Free

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Donika Kelly

December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Hear 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Donika Kelly read from her debut collection Bestiary (Graywolf Press, 2016), about which judge Nikky Finney writes, "Donika Kelly whistles and crows her book into a psalm of pure resolve. And in the end, no mythology remains. Everything is singed and true."

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Poets on Craft: Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 W. 13th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May. Shaughnessy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Interior with Sudden Joy and So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). May is the author of Hum (2013), selected for The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013, and Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), both published by Alice James Books.

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