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March 2017

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

Chapbook Launch: Nick Makoha’s Resurrection Man

April 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Betsy-South Beach,
1440 Ocean Drive
Miami, FL 33139 United States
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Celebrate the launch of Nick Makoha's Resurrection Man, winner of the second annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Robin Coste Lewis and published this spring by Jai-Alai Books. Stay after the reading to browse Christopher Barker’s exhibit Homegoing: A Conceptual Photo Series, which pairs excerpts from the works of pioneering black queer poets with contemporary images celebrating black queer culture past and present. This event is part of the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Free and open…

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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. Casey 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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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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June 2017
Free

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

June 3 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum,
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Hear from two outstanding Cave Canem fellows at Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday’s event series. DéLana R.A. Dameron is the author of How God Ends Us (2009) which Carl Phillips praised for its “refreshing range of vision,” and Weary Kingdom (2017), both published by University of South Carolina Press. Alysia Nicole Harris is the author of the chapbook How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars (Finishing Line Press, 2015), which Major Jackson says “demonstrate an instinctive glamour in…

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Cave Canem Faculty Read

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg,
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, 15601 United States
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Join us for an evening with Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem co-founder, and Ruth Ellen Kocher (Fellow, 2004, 2006, 2010), who will read from their work and engage in a conversation. A book signing and refreshments follow. Eady is the author of eight poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze winner of the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets and most recently, Hardheaded Weather, nominated for an NAACP Image Award; with his band Rough Magic, he has released the…

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Cave Canem Fellows Read

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg,
150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, 15601 United States
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Join the excitement! Hear a group of this year’s fellows read their work in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.        

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