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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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6th of December 2016

Poetry Organizations from Across the U.S. Join Together to Form Historic Coalition & Launch March 2017 Programs on Migration

December 6, 2016—Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and communities, and the important contribution poetry makes in the lives of people of all ages and backgrounds. With support from Lannan Foundation, the poetry organizations…

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27th of October 2016

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Freedom Now! A Success on October 19, 2016

Artistic Director Karma Mayet Johnson and her inter-generational village of poets and musicians rocked the stage on Wednesday, October 19, with an evening-long concert of artistic rebellion celebrating Cave Canem’s 2oth anniversary. View the full program on YouTube. Inspired by jazz composer and drummer Max Roach’s WE INSIST!, as well as texts by Audre Lorde…

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28th of September 2016

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Cave Canem Awarded the 2016 Literarian Award from the National Book Foundation

We’re pleased to announce that Cave Canem has been awarded the National Book Foundation’s 2016 Literarian Award, a $10,000 prize for outstanding service to the American literary community. The award will be presented to the organization at this year’s National Book Awards ceremony on November 16, 2016. Read the full citation on the National Book…

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14th of September 2016

Cave Canem Seeks Grants Manager

Cave Canem Foundation seeks a Grants Manager to maintain a portfolio of current corporate, foundation, and government funding, and to research, identify and procure new sources of funding in all three areas. Applications accepted through October 6, 2016. Learn more on our Employment page.

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6th of September 2016

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Cave Canem Seeks Executive Director

Cave Canem Foundation seeks an Executive Director to build on our successful 20-year history and lead our organization to continued cultural advancement. Applications accepted through October 10, 2016. Visit our Employment page for more information.

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25th of August 2016

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We’re hiring: Apply for a working fellowship!

Cave Canem seeks an Amazon Literary Partnership Fellow. Learn more on our Employment page.

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3rd of August 2016

And the Winners Are . . . Cave Canem Poetry Prize & Cave Canem Northwestern U. Press Poetry Prize

Cave Canem is pleased to announce that Kwame Dawes has selected Natalie J. Graham’s manuscript, Begin with a Failed Body, for the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Natalie will receive $1,000, publication by The University of Georgia Press in fall 2017, complimentary copies of the book, and a feature reading in New York City. A…

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26th of July 2016

Derricotte & Eady Speak
‘I’m With You’: Poetry Foundation marks 20 years of Cave Canem

In a new interview piece, Sara Ivry speaks with five members from the Cave Canem community. Co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady; faculty member Terrance Hayes; Rio Cortez, inaugural winner of the Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize; fellow Nick Makoha; and 2015 National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis talk about what Cave…

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