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General Operating Support

These undesignated dollars underwrite the many costs of running Cave Canem, only a percentage of which is covered by grant awards. Your generosity helps us meet such expenses as rent, salaries, insurance, technology, travel, supplies, equipment, and more.

Toi Derricotte Tribute Fund

Perpetuating Toi’s dream of building an enduring “home for black poetry,” your donation lowers the cost of tuition, valued at $1,050, and room-and board expense, valued at $590. 60% of participating fellows pay reduced fees.

Retreat Room-and-Board Scholarships

A $500 gift pays for room-and-board for one fellow. Your donation in any amount helps us meet a $12,000-$15,000 annual need for room-and-board assistance.

Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Your donation helps deliver an annual poetry prize, since 1999 advancing the careers of Black poets.