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You’re invited to explore Cave Canem’s Poets Tour . . .

. . . an opportunity to bring one or more of over 70 accomplished black poets to your community or campus. Your participation has the added benefit of supporting Cave Canem, the nation’s hub for black poetry.

Interested? Submit your inquiry.

Poets Tour Profiles

Elhillo, Safia

Safia Elhillo

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Safia Elhillo is Sudanese by way of Washington, DC. A Cave Canem fellow who received an MFA in poetry from The New School, her debut The January Childern (University of Nebraska Press, 2017) is praised by Kwame Dawes as “The first sound of what will be a remarkable noise in African poetry.” Recipient of the…

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Elliott, Chiyuma

Chiyuma Elliott

Chiyuma Elliott is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. A former Stegner Fellow, Chiyuma’s poems have appeared in the African American Review, Callaloo, the Notre Dame Review, the PN Review, and other journals. She has received fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the James Irvine Foundation, and the…

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Extra, Naomi

Naomi Extra

Naomi Extra is a freelance writer, poet, educator, and doctoral student in American Studies at Rutgers University- Newark. Naomi taught high school and worked as an adjunct professor for eight years before turning to scholarly work and creative writing full-time. Both her creative work and scholarship are centered on ways of imagining the corporeal realities…

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Harris, Alysia

Alysia Harris

Alysia Nicole Harris hails from Alexandria, Virginia. She received her MFA in poetry from NYU and is currently a PhD candidate in linguistics at Yale University. Alysia is the 2015 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence at the Taft Art Museum in Cincinnati. Her chapbook How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars To Stars was chosen by Finishing…

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Hawkins, Shayla

Shayla Hawkins

Shayla Hawkins is a Detroit native, poet, and writer whose works have been in Calabash, The Caribbean Writer, The Taj Mahal Review, and Poets & Writers magazine, among other publications. Ms. Hawkins has been a featured reader at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival and the Library of Congress, and received a fellowship to the…

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Holnes, Darrel Alejandro

Darrel Alejandro Holnes

Darrel Alejandro Holnes’ poetry has been published in or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Best American Experimental Writing, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Day One, The Puritan Magazine, and elsewhere in print and online. He is the co-author of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, a Rainbow List Selection…

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Jackson, Gary Allen

Gary Allen Jackson

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in Callaloo, Tin House, 32 Poems, Crab Orchard Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of both a Cave Canem and Bread Loaf fellowship, and…

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Janae, Brionne

Brionne Janae

Brionne Janae is a Southern California native who came to Boston to get an MFA at Emerson College. While in California, Brionne received her B.A. at U.C. Berkeley where she was a Student Teacher Poet in the Poetry for the People class/movement. As an STP Brionne had the privilege of teaching, learning and writing poetry…

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Johnson, Brandon D

Brandon Johnson

Brandon D. Johnson is author of Love’s Skin, Man Burns Ant, The Strangers Between, and co-author of The Black Rooster Social Inn: This Is The Place. He is published in several journals and anthologies, including Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and The Listening Ear: Cave Canem Poets Look South. Born in…

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Johnson, Jacqueline

Jacqueline Johnson

A multi-discipline artist in poetry, fiction and fiber art, Jacqueline Johnson is the author of two collections of poetry, A Woman’s Season (2015) and A Gathering of Mother Tongues (1998), about which E. Ethelbert Miller wrote, “Jacqueline Johnson claims not only language but also the ground beneath her feet. She gives birth to herself and restores her own…

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