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Cave Canem 20/20

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CC 2020 Dog LogoCave Canem 20/20: A Panoramic View of Black Poetry celebrates Cave Canem’s past, present and future. Co-presented with Weeksville Heritage Center, the poetry forum and fundraiser, held over Memorial Day weekend, will feature inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, MacArthur Fellow Terrance Hayes, Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Walter Mosley, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith  and others.


Weeksville Heritage Center
158 Buffalo Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

 

General Admission: $60/day or $120/weekend
Students & Seniors: $30/day or $60/weekend

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Friday, May 26, 2017

5 pm
Cave Canem Honorary Director Elizabeth Alexander reads her poem “Praise Song for the Day” and offers opening remarks

5:30-7 pm
Keynote address by Cave Canem Honorary Director Terrance Hayes

7-9 pm
Opening night reception with music by DJ RIVERA


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Throughout the day: Motionpoems screening, short films based on work by Cave Canem poets

9-9:45 am
Check-In

10-11:30 am
Well-Read Black Girl Presents: A Conversation on Contemporary Publishing with HarperCollins’s Tracy Sherrod, Beacon’s Rakia Clark, and Abrams’ and Copper Canyon’s Rio Cortez, moderated by Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim

11:45 am-12:45 pm
Tours of the historic community of Weeksville, led by Weeksville Heritage Center President and Executive Director Tia Powell Harris and Tour Educators

11:45am-1:15 pm
Grant Writing for Artists with poet and arts administrator DéLana R.A. Dameron

Break

2-3:30 pm
A Lecture: “Generations: What Cave Canem Was, Is and Will Become,” by Cave Canem Honorary Director Walter Mosley

4-5:45 pm
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Winners Reading with Major Jackson, Donika KellyRickey Laurentiis and Tracy K. Smith


Sunday, May 28, 2017    

Throughout the day: Motionpoems screening, short films based on work by Cave Canem poets.

9-9:45 am
Check-In

10-11:30 am
A conversation on poetics with Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and John Murillo, moderated by #literaryswag pioneer Yahdon Israel

11:45-12:45 pm
Tours of the historic community of Weeksville, led by Weeksville Heritage Center Tour Educators

11:45 am-1:15 pm
Grant Writing for Artists with poet and arts administrator DéLana R.A. Dameron

Break

2-3:15 pm
A Reading and Conversation with #BlackPoetsSpeakOut co-founders Mahogany L. Browne and Amanda Johnston, and poet Kyle Darganmoderated by writer and performance artist Kenyon Adams

3:30 pm
Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady reads his poem “Gratitude” and offers closing remarks

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downloadThis program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.