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February 2018
$10

Poetry’s Musical Bloodline: A Master Class with Tyehimba Jess

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Poetry's Musical Bloodline: A Sociohistorical Soundtrack is a master class exploring the historic connections between music and poetry, with particular interest in music of the African diaspora. Participants will plumb insights into creating poems that address the history, culture, characters, geographies and politics of music across generations and across the world. We will read poems from selected authors, provide a forum for deep listening to selected tunes, and create assignments that prompt new and dynamic explorations that bring the energy of…

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Free

Cave Canem Legacy Conversation: Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Foundation,
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Cave Canem's co-founders come together for a timely conversation on building spaces from scratch and cultivating the stories vital to our histories, healing and the black voice. Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady founded Cave Canem in 1996 to remedy the underrepresentation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape. Nearly twenty-five years after the foundation's inception, these vital poets reflect on the nation's home for Black poetry. Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather (2008). Toi Derricotte has published five collections of poetry, most…

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New Works: Kamilah Aisha Moon, Marcus Wicker and Yolanda Wisher

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Hear three brilliant Cave Canem fellows read work from their new and debut collections. Kamilah Aisha Moon is the author of Starshine & Clay (Four Way Books, 2017), of which Grace Cavalieri states, “This heroic writing is in the spirit of Nina Simone’s Mississippi Goddamn!” Pushcart Prize winner Marcus Wicker’s second collection, Silencer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), has been praised by Adrian Matejka as “masterful and hard-hitting...exactly the book we need.”  The 2016-17 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, Yolanda Wisher’s debut,…

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March 2018

Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading

March 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
University of South Florida Traditions Hall,
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALC100
Tampa, FL 33620 United States
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Experience our annual Off-Site Reading at AWP-Tampa, hosted by The University of South Florida's Institute on Black Life! This year’s reading is headlined by Florida affiliated Cave Canem fellows Yolanda Franklin, Natalie Graham, Breauna Larease, Jonathan Moody and Lolita White, who will open the night before an additional 15 fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and former Tampa resident Derrick Lynn Austin emcees. Free and open to the public, this event is sponsored by the University of South Florida, with…

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A Reading & Conversation with Cathy Park Hong, Tyehimba Jess and Morgan Parker

March 9 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Tampa Convention Center, Ballroom B, First Floor,
333 S Franklin St
Tampa, FL 33602 United States
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AWP Poetry Conversation March 9 2018

Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Award-winning poets Cathy Park Hong, Tyehimba Jess, and Morgan Parker give brief readings of their original work, followed by a discussion on a range of topics, from race and poetic forms, to the poet's evolving role and responsibility in and to a literary landscape at once predominantly white and rapidly diversifying. Cave Canem fellow Clint Smith moderates. Tampa Convention Center Ballroom B, First Floor 333 S Franklin St, Tampa, FL 33602 Open to AWP…

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Poets on Craft: Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen

March 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Starr Foundation Hall,
63-5th Avenue, lower level
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Cyrus Cassells and Khadijah Queen. The recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, Cassells is the author of six books, including his most recent, The Gospel According to Wild Indigo (Southern Illinois University Press, 2018). Queen is the author of five publications. Her most recent, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On (YesYes Books, 2017), was a finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series. Jayson…

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April 2018
Free

New Works: Aaron Coleman, Camille Dungy, Shane McCrae

April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Delight in a display of exceptional poetry showcasing new collections by Cave Canem fellows and friends.  Terrance Hayes praises Aaron Coleman’s debut Threat Come Close (Four Way Books, 2018), proclaiming “…this extraordinary debut epitomizes how the best of our contemporary poetry sings.”  Camille Dungy's fourth poetry collection, Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), is lauded by Yusef Komunyakaa as being "earthly and visionary, a soulful reckoning for our twenty-first century." Shane McCrae is the author of several poetry collections, most recently the National Book Award Finalist, In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan…

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New Works: Safia Elhillo, Adrian Matejka and Ife-Chudeni Oputa

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three extraordinary Cave Canem poets. Pushcart Prize nominee, Safia Elhillo's debut collection The January Children (University of Nebraska Press, 2017), is described by Kwame Dawes as “a rich and complex body of work.” Newly appointed Indiana state poet laureate, Adrian Matejka is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Map to the Stars (Penguin House, 2017), which Nikky Finney praises as “rich and ekphrastic.” Ife-Chudeni Oputa, feted as “an extraordinary new voice in the world of words…

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May 2018
Free

Watch Your Tone: A Reading

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Witness the work of participants in Nathan McClain's workshop “Watch Your Tone” as they share new poems, both playful and serious. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.            

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Free

New Chords and Hauntings: A Reading

May 8 @ 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 R.A. Villanueva's workshop “New Chords and Hauntings” as they share new and "uniquely haunted" work honed in spring sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.          

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