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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
December 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Join us for an evening of exceptional poetry with Cave Canem fellows Hafizah Geter, Cynthia Manick and Nicholas Nichols, who read as part of a celebration of Brooklyn-based artists and the Brooklyn Museum’s new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.
Born in Zaria, Nigeria, Hafizah Geter is a Cave Canem, VONA/Voices and 92Y Women in Power Fellow. A 2013 Blacksmith House Emerging Writer, recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers and a finalist in the Fifth Annual Narrative Magazine Poetry Prize, her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New Yorker, Tin House, Narrative Magazine, Gulf Coast, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and West Branch, among others. Hafizah serves on the board of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts, the poetry committee for the Brooklyn Book Festival, is the Vice President of the AWP Women’s Caucus and is currently an editor at Little A from Amazon Publishing where she acquires full length literary fiction and nonfiction. Hafizah lives in Brooklyn, New York where she is working on a full length poetry collection and a nonfiction collection exploring the intersection of gender, nationality, race and belonging.
Cynthia Manick is the author of Blue Hallelujahs (Black Lawrence Press, 2016). A Pushcart Prize nominated poet with a MFA in Creative Writing from the New School; she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Poets House, and the Saltonstall Foundation of the Arts among others. A winner of the 2016 Lascaux Prize in Collected Poetry and a 2017 recipient of the Barbara Memorial Fund Award for Poetry, Manick serves as East Coast Editor of the independent press Jamii Publishing and is Founder and Curator of the reading series Soul Sister Revue. Her poem “Things I Carry Into the World” was made into a film by Motionpoems, a organization dedicated to video poetry, and has debuted on Tidal for National Poetry Month and WNET Reel 13 Shorts. Manick’s work has appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, Bone Bouquet, Callaloo, Kweli Journal, Los Angeles Review of Books (LARB), Muzzle Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Nicholas Nichols is a writer and photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. They are an intersectional nerd and obsessed with talking/thinking/writing about all things creative and human. Nicholas is a freelance writer who publishes poems, essays, criticism/reviews. Their work has been published on several platforms including The Offing, Wildness Magazine, and more.