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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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25th of October 2017

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Apply to the 2018 Cave Canem Retreat!

Cave Canem’s week-long retreat will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, June 10 – June 16, 2018. This year’s world-class faculty includes poets Chris Abani, Cornelius Eady, Evie Shockley, Amber Flora Thomas, with visiting poet Robin Coste Lewis. The Cave Canem Retreat offers an unparalleled opportunity to study with established poets and join a community…

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3rd of October 2017

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Parneshia Jones Appointed President of Cave Canem’s Board of Directors

Cave Canem is thrilled to announce the appointment of Parneshia Jones as president of the Foundation’s board of directors. Jones’s term began October 1, 2017, and is preceded by that of Jacqueline Jones LaMon, who held the office from October 2015 to late September 2017. Previously, Jones served as board secretary. Jones’s collaborations with Cave…

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2nd of August 2017

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We’re Hiring!

Cave Canem is seeking two part-time working fellows to join its team in Brooklyn. Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. Founded in 1996 to remedy the isolation and under-representation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the…

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17th of July 2017

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The Poetry Coalition Receives $200,000 Ford Foundation Grant

As a founding member of the Poetry Coalition, Cave Canem Foundation is delighted to announce that the Ford Foundation has granted the Coalition $200,000 for nation-wide contemporary poetry programs focused on themes of social importance. Over the next two years, this generous grant will allow the founding members of the Poetry Coalition to convene and…

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28th of June 2017

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Cave Canem 20/20: A Celebration Both Timely and Profound

For Cave Canem Foundation and the two hundred attendees visiting Weeksville Heritage Center over this past Memorial Day weekend, Cave Canem 20/20: A Panoramic View of Black Poetry marked a deeply reflective and joyous occasion. An overall success, the two-and-a-half day poetry forum and fundraiser commemorating Cave Canem’s past, present and future raised nearly $13,000…

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22nd of June 2017

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Tracy K. Smith Appointed 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate

Tracy K. Smith, recipient of the 2002 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, has been named the 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate. During her term, Smith hopes to expand the reach of poetry by “getting off the usual path of literary festivals and university reading series and talking to people who might not even yet be readers of…

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16th of March 2017

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Cave Canem Foundation, in league with members of the Poetry Coalition and other arts organizations across the U.S., is committed to challenging the proposed defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts. We join #SaveTheNEA to bolster public outcry and illuminate the absolute necessity of this federal agency. Below you’ll find resources to make your voice…

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30th of December 2016

Nicole Sealey Appointed Cave Canem Foundation Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Cave Canem Foundation, Inc., North America’s premier home for black poetry, is pleased to announce that Nicole Sealey has been appointed the organization’s next Executive Director. She succeeds Alison Meyers, who will retire December 31. Sealey brings more than a dozen years of experience advancing missions, values, visibility and resource…

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