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New Works: Safia Elhillo, Adrian Matejka and Ife-Chudeni Oputa
April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Pushcart Prize nominee, Safia Elhillo‘s debut collection The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), is described by Kwame Dawes as “a rich and complex body of work.” Newly appointed Indiana state poet laureate, Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin House, 2017), which Nikky Finney praises as “rich and ekphrastic.” Ife-Chudeni Oputa, feted as “an extraordinary new voice in the world of words and poems” by Gabrielle Calvocoressi, has recently published her debut collection, Rummage (Little A, 2017). Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. This event is co-sponsored with the NYU Creative Writing Program.
Safia Elhillo is the author of The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017). She received the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets and is co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Safia is a Cave Canem fellow and holds an MFA in poetry from The New School. She is of Sudanese origin and lives in Washington, DC.
Adrian Matejka ’s new book, Map to the Stars, was released from Penguin in March 2017. He is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award, and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), his third collection, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Matejka’s other honors include a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is currently working on a new collection of poems, Hearing Damage, and a graphic novel.
Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is a writer, editor and the author of Rummage (Little A, 2017), which won the 2015 Little A Poetry Contest. She is a Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Lambda Literary fellow. Her poetry and prose have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Some Call it Ballin, Gabby, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.