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Cave Canem Faculty Read
June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm| Free
Join us for an evening with Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem co-founder, and Ruth Ellen Kocher (Fellow, 2004, 2006, 2010), who will read from their work and engage in a conversation. A book signing and refreshments follow. Eady is the author of eight poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze winner of the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets and most recently, Hardheaded Weather, nominated for an NAACP Image Award; with his band Rough Magic, he has released the albums Book of Hooks (2013) and Singing While Black (2015). Kocher is the author of seven collections, most recently Third Voice (2016); Ending in Planes (2014); Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (2014) and domina Un/blued (2013), winner of the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award. Free and open to the public.
Cornelius Eady was born in 1954 in Rochester, New York. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008). His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (Ommation Press, 1986), won the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He has collaborated with jazz composer Diedre Murray in the production of several works of musical theater, including You Don’t Miss Your Water; Running Man, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999; Fangs, and Brutal Imagination, which received Newsday’s Oppenheimer Award in 2002. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Traveling Scholarship; a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy; The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award (1994); and the Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House. He is Professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016); Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014); Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (Sheep Meadow Press, 2014); domina Un/blued (Tupelo Press, 2013), winner of the Dorset Prize and the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award; One Girl Babylon (New Issues Press, 2003) winner of the Green Rose Prize; When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering (New Issues Press, 2002); and Desdemona’s Fire (Lotus Press, 1999), winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Prize. Her poems appear in Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poets; Black Nature; From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great; An Anthology for Creative Writers: The Garden of Forking Paths; IOU: New Writing On Money; and New Bones: Contemporary Black Writing in America. She has been awarded fellowships from Cave Canem Foundation and Yaddo. She is a Contributing Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine and Professor of English at the University of Colorado where she teaches Poetry, Poetics and Literature.