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2020 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Aurielle Marie

September 30, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Two Black and White photos side by side. The one on the left is of Aurielle Marie (eyes lookig up, white paint splattered on left cheek, and dark hair). On the right is Douglas Kearney (slight smaile, dark glasses, short full beard, dark hair).)
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Hear 2020 Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Aurielle Marie read from her debut poetry collection Gumbo Ya-Ya (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021), praised by contest judge Douglas Kearney as a “Dirty-Dirty grimoire drawn from a vernacular trick bag at once up to something and down for whatever.” Kearney kicks off the evening with an introductory reading.

This event is virtual: RSVP here. Free and open to the public. 

Presented in partnership with the New York University Creative Writing Program.


 Aurielle Marie is a gender/queer and Black essayist, poet, and community organizer hailing from the Deep South. They’ve received invitations to fellowships from Lambda Literary, VONA Voices, the Watering Hole, and Tin House. Her work is featured or forthcoming in Triquarterly, The Guardian, Teen Vogue, Black Warrior Review, Adroit Journal, Vinyl, and BOAAT. They’re the Lambda Literary 2019 Poetry Emerging Writer-in-Residence and the 2019 Ploughshares Emerging Writers Award winner for Poetry. Aurielle writes and speaks about all things Blackness, bodies, sex, and pop culture from a Black feminist lens.

Douglas Kearney has published seven books, including Sho (Wave Books, 2021), of which Ken Chen (NPR) writes “Kearney’s prosody is miraculous”; the award-winning poetry collection Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016); libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016); and criticism, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015).) WIRE magazine calls Fodder, a live album featuring Kearney and frequent collaborator, Val-Inc., “Brilliant.” Douglas Kearney is the 2021 recipient of OPERA America’s Campbell Opera Librettist Prize, created and generously funded by librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell. A Whiting Writer’s and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee with residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others, Kearney is a McKnight Presidential Fellow and associate professor of Creative Writing/English at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Altadena, CA, he lives in St. Paul with his family.


September 30, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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