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2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Rickey Laurentiis

December 3, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Introduction and Reading by Terrance Hayes, Competition Judge

Hear Rickey Laurentiis read from Boy with Thorn (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Hayes describes thecollection as “an extraordinary, and ultimately, irreducible debut.” Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

Rickey Laurentiis


is the recipient of a 2013 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2012 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Other honors include fellowships or scholarships from the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Cave Canem Foundation, the CivitellaRanieri Foundation in Italy, as well as the Alonzo Davis Fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He received a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship from Washington University in St Louis, where he received his MFA. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Callaloo, Feminist Studies, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The New York Times, Oxford American and Poetry, and have been commissioned by The International Art Exhibition, Prospect.3 New Orleans.

Click hear to read and listen to a audio of Laurentiis reciting his poem “Crescendo” on jubilat:

Click here to view Rickey Laurentiis collaborations with artists HammSamwich and Lyndon Barrois Jr.:

Terrance Hayes

is the author of How To Be Drawn (Penguin, 2015), his most recent collection of poems. His Lighthead (Penguin, 2010) won the 2010 National Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His other books are Wind in a Box (Penguin 2006), Hip Logic (Penguin 2002) and Muscular Music (Tia Chucha Press, 1999). His honors include a Whiting Writers Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a United States Artists Zell Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship.


December 3, 2015
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm


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