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February 26, 2021

Hallelujah-strong: In Honor of Former Board President Amanda Johnston

Cave Canem recently celebrated the election of new executive officers to our Board of Directors. With this transition, we also uplift the work of outgoing

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February 22, 2021

Brionne Janae Wins 2020 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon has selected Brionne Janae’s Blessed are the Peacemakers as the winner of the 2020 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. The

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February 12, 2021

Gifts of the Archivists: Cultivating Community

Remica Bingham-Risher There are fewer memories clearer for me during the time just after grad school than the evening Naomi Long Madgett called to tell

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January 14, 2021

Cave Canem South: Reflections of Black Literary Activism

Kwame Dawes Cave Canem South In the mid-2000s, I put together a proposal for Cave Canem to consider the establishment of a series of short

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July 27, 2020

5 Debut Queer Poets on What to Read for the Sealey Challenge

                Poet Nicole Sealey, former executive director of Cave Canem, began the Sealey Challenge as a way to seriously commit to reading poetry

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