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3rd of July 2018

The 2018 Retreat Album

Cave Canem’s week-long retreat, held annually at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, offers an unparalleled opportunity for Black poets to study with a world-class faculty and join a community of peers. This year’s faculty comprised Guggenheim awardee, Chris Abani; Cave Canem co-founder, Cornelius Eady; 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Evie Shockley; and 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner, Amber Flora…

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29th of June 2018

Revisiting “A Tribute to June Jordan”

Last month, Cave Canem fellows, faculty and friends convened at The CUNY Graduate Center for A Tribute to June Jordan, a day-long celebration of the writer’s work and life. Poet and co-trustee of the June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust, Jan Heller Levi, kicked off the day’s events with a keynote address. Panels were held…

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20th of June 2018

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Announcing the Winner of the 2018 Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Cave Canem and Northwestern University Press congratulate Tsitsi Jaji on receiving the 2018 prize for her second book of poems, Mother Tongues, selected by Matthew Shenoda. The Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize is a second-book award for Black poets of African descent, offered every other year. The award celebrates and publishes works of…

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8th of June 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts Finds that Poetry Reading is on the Rise

Brooklyn, NY (June 8, 2018)— Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts released information confirming that poetry reading is on the rise. Specifically, according to the NEA’s Director of Research and Analysis Sunil Iyengar: Nearly 29 million U.S. adults read poetry not required for work or school, the highest rate on record over a 15-year period of…

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21st of May 2018

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Introducing the 2018 Cave Canem Fellows!

With the 2018 Retreat fast approaching it is a pleasure to introduce this year’s 2018 Retreat fellows, both new and returning!            

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20th of March 2018

Cave Canem at AWP Tampa

Earlier this month, Cave Canem joined hundreds of literary institutions and thousands of writers in Tampa, Florida for the annual AWP conference. Cave Canem kicked off the week with its Annual Fellows Reading on March 7. Headlined by Florida-affiliated fellows Yolanda Franklin, Natalie Graham, and Breauna L. Roach,  fellows shared their work in rapid-fire intervals. On March 9,…

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1st of March 2018

Cave Canem’s Fellows & Faculty Exquisite Corpse

Throughout the month of March, Poetry Coalition members will present multiple programs on the theme “Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body,” which borrows a line from U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s poem “Flores Woman.” As a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, Cave Canem invited fellows and faculty to reimagine our collective voice as…

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21st of February 2018

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History as Muse: A Review of Tyehimba Jess’ Master Class

On the evening of Thursday, February 1st, Cave Canem’s DUMBO office was filled with ragtime and jazz as participants in “Poetry’s Musical Bloodline: A Sociohistorical Soundtrack,” settled into their seats. Once the music died down, Tyehimba Jess played a short, electrifying tune on his harmonica. “The harmonica is a lot like poetry,” Jess explained, “it…

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10th of January 2018

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Cave Canem Wins $100,000 Spark Prize

Cave Canem Foundation has been named a recipient of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s annual Spark Prize, a distinction that includes a grant award of $100,000 in general operating support. Now in its second year, the Spark Prize honors “outstanding organizations that stand for and build equity and strength in Brooklyn’s communities.” Named for its mission to…

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19th of November 2017

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Support the Home for Black Poetry

“…when you look at all the poets whose work has blossomed under the arbor of Cave Canem, you see an actual transformation of American literature. It’s been the most extraordinary happening in American literature in all the time I’ve been working.” –Elizabeth Alexander, Cave Canem Honorary Director Cave Canem is launching its 2017 end of…

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