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September 2016
Free

New Works: Jonterri Gadson, Kevin Simmonds and Tiphanie Yanique

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 and friends Jonterri Gadson, Kevin Simmonds and Tiphanie Yanique. 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 new…

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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 an evening-length concert of poetry and music tuned to the times. Helmed by the performance’s artistic director Karma Mayet Johnson and featuring Cave Canem co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Black Arts Movement icon Sonia Sanchez, and a special appearance by New York City-based youth poets, Freedom Now! will draw upon the words of Audre Lorde and Henry Dumas and engage the lasting legacies of Abbey…

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November 2016
Free

Poetry Conversations: A Reading

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Participants in Camille Rankine's fall poetry conversations workshop, "The Playing Field," share work honed in class. Potluck refreshments follow. Free and open to the public.          

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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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Cave Canem Faculty Read

December 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Enoch Pratt Free Library,
400 Cathedral St
Baltimore, 21201 United States
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Enjoy a dynamic afternoon of poetry featuring Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady and former faculty member Marilyn Nelson. Free and open to the public. Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady is the author of several books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Hardheaded Weather, an NAACP Image Award nominee; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, winner of the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets; and The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize. He is…

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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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The Bop: A Reading

December 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Hear freshly honed work by participants in Afaa Weaver's fall workshop, "The Bop." Refreshments follow. Free and open to the public.        

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Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize Reading

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop,
141 Front St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Featuring Rio Cortez, 2015 Prize Winner, with Ross Gay, Competition Judge Join us for a stellar evening of poetry at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, recently relocated to an expanded, light-filled space in DUMBO. Free and open to the public. Rio Cortez is the author of the chapbook I have learned to define a field as a space between mountains, published by Jai-Alai Books in 2016. A Pushcart-nominated poet originally from Salt Lake City, she has received fellowships from Cave Canem,…

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