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March 2017

New Works: Cameron Awkward-Rich, Tara Betts, Hayes Davis and Nathan McClain

March 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an afternoon of poetry showcasing new collections by fellows. Awkward-Rich is the author of Sympathetic Little Monster (Ricochet Editions, 2016), of which Danez Smith says, "The ornate emotional terrain of these poems is charted with the poet’s sometimes spare, sometimes wild, always skilled lyric." Betts is the author of a previous collection, Arc & Hue (Willow Books, 2009), and most recently, Break the Habit (Trio House Press, 2016), which Maria Gillan says " the very core of…

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Poets on Craft: Sarah Gambito and Reginald Dwayne Betts

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
55 W. 13th St, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Hear two socially engaged poets read from and discuss their work in this intimate meeting-of-the-minds. Gambito is the author of Matadora (Alice James Books, 2004) and Delivered (Persea Books, 2009), about which Major Jackson writes, “I marvel at and applaud this feisty and increasingly important writer.” Betts is the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and the poetry collections Shahid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010) and Bastards of the Reagan Era (Four Way Books, 2015).…

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New Works: Joshua Bennett, Charif Shanahan and Patricia Smith

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the publication of exceptional new work by two Cave Canem fellows and a renowned faculty member. Bennett’s debut collection The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016) is a National Poetry Series selection, about which Tracy K. Smith writes, “ astounding, dolorous, rejoicing voice is indispensable.” Yusef Komunyakaa hails Shanahan’s Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017) as “a heroic first collection.” Smith is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Teahouse of the Almighty, a National…

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April 2017
Free

New Works: Casey Rocheteau, Clint Smith and John Warner Smith

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, University Center, Starr Foundation Hall,
63 5th Avenue, Room UL 102
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Hear three Cave Canem fellows read work from their new and debut collections. Rocheteau, inaugural winner of Detroit’s permanent residency, Write A House, is the author of Knocked Up On Yes (Sargent Press, 2012), and The Dozen (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016); Franny Choi calls her “ruthlessly funny and overwhelmingly talented.” TED speaker and National Poetry Slam Champion Clint Smith is the author of Counting Descent (Write Bloody, 2016), which Gregory Pardlo says “shimmer with revelatory intensity.” Called a “master storyteller”…

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We Are All Time Travelers Now: A Reading

April 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in Rio Cortez’s workshop “We Are All Time Travelers Now” as they share new work written in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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$5 - $10

Nevertheless, Live: Adynaton, the Promise of Silence, and the Key of Life: A Lecture by Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

April 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” —Muhammad Ali In the face of unspeakable violence (the disappearance and murder of a little Black girl in the Mecca, a Chicago…

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May 2017

Our Poems, Our Selves: A Reading

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in Joseph O. Legaspi’s workshop “Our Poems, Our Selves” as they share new work written in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.        

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