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Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Natalie Graham
December 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Hear 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Natalie Graham read from her debut collection, Begin With a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), in which final judge Kwame Dawes sees “a poet acutely sensitive to the ways of the body, its betrayals, its pleasures, and its unknowable selves.” Nandi Comer, honorable mention for Tapping Out and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and associate professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Begin with a Failed Body, her first full-length collection of poems, won the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press, September 2017.
Nandi Comer received a joint MFA/MA in Poetry and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. She is a recipient a Write A House Permanent Residency in Detroit award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Blueshift Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Pluck!, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Indiana Review.
Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady was born in 1954 in Rochester, New York. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather. His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, 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; a Prairie Schooner Strousse Award; and an Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House. He is Professor of English at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton.