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2023 Cave Canem Retreat Faculty Readings | City of Asylum

June 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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2023 Cave Canem Retreat Faculty Readings

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (EDT)
City of Asylum
40 W North Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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As many of you know, since 2010, June at City of Asylum means the return of one of the most popular annual poetry events in the city—Cave Canem’s Faculty Reading. This coincides with the week-long Cave Canem Retreat, our long-standing flagship program.

This year we are thrilled to join City of Asylum back in person on Thursday, June 15th, to read and celebrate, featuring an evening of poetry with the decorated Faculty and Guest Poet of Cave Canem’s 26th Retreat for Black poets.

We hope that you will join us for the live reading that you won’t see anywhere else.



Cave Canem’s week-long Retreat is held annually at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Black poets of African descent, ages 21 and over, are eligible to apply. Once accepted, poets become “fellows.” Most are invited to attend two additional retreats within a five-year period.

Our Retreat residency offers an unparalleled opportunity to study with a world-class faculty and join a community of peers. Some fellows hail from the spoken word tradition, others focus on the text. Some are formalists, others work at the cutting edge of experimentation. All are united by a common purpose to improve their craft and find productive space, as Harryette Mullen says, “where black poets, individually and collectively, can inspire and be inspired by others, relieved of any obligation to explain or defend their blackness.”



June 15, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm