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Cave Canem Faculty Reading at City of Asylum

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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Cave Canem supports the work of Black poets in the literary landscape through a suite of core programs, namely the annual Cave Canem Retreat–a week-long residency of intensive poetry workshops and readings hosted at the University of Pittsburgh’s Greensburg campus. Participants who complete the Retreat receive the honor of becoming Cave Canem Fellows.

For their highly anticipated return to Pittsburgh, City of Asylum is thrilled to host Cave Canem once again for an in-person reading with esteemed Fellowship faculty Janice N. HarringtonDuriel E. Harris, and Peter J. Harris. We invite you to experience these world-class poets firsthand.


About the Readers

Janice N. Harrington’s writing reflects her interest in cultural history, the natural world, visual arts, and African American Life in the South and Midwest.  Her latest book of poetry is Yard Show (BOA Editions) grows out of her three earlier books of poems, Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, The Hands of Strangers, and Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. Harrington is also an award-winning children’s author. She is a Cave Canem fellow and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Performance artist, poet, and scholar Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed volumes of poetry: Drag (2003); Amnesiac: Poems (2010); and No Dictionary of a Living Tongue (Nightboat, 2017), finalist for the Audre Lorde Award. Multi-genre works include the one-woman theatrical performance Thingification, the videopoem collaboration Speleology, the sound-image project Blood Labyrinth, and the speculative drama Code: A Sport. Appearances include performances at the Greenhouse Theater, the Chicago Jazz Festival, Babylon Cinema (Berlin), Votive (Auckland), Babel Theatre (Beirut), the University of Ghana, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Festival Internacional de Poesía de La Habana. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, BAX, Letters to the Future, Of Poetry and Protest, the &Now Awards, Imagined Theatres, PEN America, and Poets.org, among others. Harris has served as the University of Chicago Offen Poet, Visiting Professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Teaching Artist at Lynden Sculpture Garden and the Naropa Summer Writing Program. Professor of English at Illinois State University, Harris is the creator of the O|Sessions pedagogical initiative and the #SyllabusforLiberation. Recognized with the 2023 AWP lifetime achievement George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, Harris is Editor of the award-winning publishing platform Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora.

Peter J. Harris, Altadena Poet Laureate Editor in Chief (2022-2024) and Academy of American  Poets Laureate Fellow (2023-2024), is the author of Safe Arms: 20 Love & Erotic Poems (w/an  Ooh Baby Baby moan), with Spanish translations by Francisco Letelier (FlowerSong Press), and SongAgain (Beyond Baroque Books). In 2015, his book of poetry, Bless the Ashes (Tia Chucha  Press), won the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and his book of personal essays, The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right,’ won the American Book  Award. Harris is founding director of The Black Man of Happiness Project, a creative,  intellectual, and artistic exploration of Black men and joy. He writes the blog WREAKING HAPPINESS: A Joyful Living Journal.

Access Notes

• Virtual livestream with closed captioning available
• ASL interpretation services provided (both in-person and live-stream)
• If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility for this event, please reach out to the Cave Canem Programs team at [email protected]


This program is supported, in part, by private funds from The Heinz Endowments, the Mellon Foundation, and the University of Pittsburgh, and in part by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.