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November 2017
Free

Bearden’s Odyssey: Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda & Natasha Trethewey

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Foundation,
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Inspired by Romare Bearden's 1977 sequence of twenty watercolors, Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (2017) gathers original poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. The book's award-winning editors, Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda, join the nineteenth US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, for a reading and conversation about Bearden and his work. This event is cosponsored with the Poetry Foundation and TriQuarterly Books.              

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December 2017
Free

An Afternoon of Poetry: Readings by Cave Canem Poets featuring Danez Smith

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Baltimore, Wright Theater UB Student Center, 5th Floor,,
21 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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This annual poetry reading features Danez Smith and Cave Canem fellows Abdul Ali, Teri Cross Davis, Hayes Davis, Alan King, Kateema Lee, Steven Levya, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth. Hosted by Reginald Harris from Poets House, New York City. Co-sponsored by Pratt Library and CityLit. Danez Smith is the author of boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), longlisted for…

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Free

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Natalie Graham

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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December 7 New Works

Hear 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Natalie Graham read from her debut collection, Begin With a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), in which final judge Kwame Dawes sees "a poet acutely sensitive to the ways of the body, its betrayals, its pleasures, and its unknowable selves." Nandi Comer, honorable mention for Tapping Out and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the…

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Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Cave Canem is thrilled to host an anti-racism workshop to engage community building within the arts around issues of racism and equity."Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts" is a five-hour integrative anti-racism workshop geared towards leaders working in the literary arts. This workshop intends to impact the programming and work environments of arts institutions by training key administrators in anti-racist language, approaches and understandings. The workshop will be led by poet and social justice advocate,…

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