Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
July 6 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Enjoy a night of poetry with Trace DePass and Cave Canem fellows JP Howard and Raven Jackson, as they share work that engages the theme “Visualizing Independence,” which explores concepts of home, family and belonging through photography. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series and celebrates the exhibition, Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha, which showcases the Ghanaian-Russian photographer’s plethora of work documenting the African Diaspora. Free and open to the public.
Trace Howard DePass is the author of Self-portrait as the space between us (PANK Books, 2018) and editor of Scholastic’s Best Teen Writing of 2017. He served as the 2016 Teen Poet Laureate for the Borough of Queens. His work has been featured on television and radio, such as BET Next Level, Billboard, Blavity, and NPR’s “The Takeaway,” as well as in print, including Anomalous Press, Entropy Magazine, Platypus Press, Split This Rock!, The Other Side of Violet, [SAND] Journal and Bettering American Poetry (Volume 3). DePass is a Poetry Foundation, Teaching Artist Project, & Poets House Fellow. Photo Credit: Nicholas Nichols
JP Howard’s debut poetry collection, SAY/MIRROR (The Operating System, 2015), was a Lambda Literary finalist. She is also the author of bury your love poems here (Belladonna*, 2015) and co-editor of Sinister Wisdom Journal’s Black Lesbians–We Are the Revolution! (2018). She is a 2019 featured author in Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools program and a 2019 Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant recipient. She was a 2017 Split this Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism finalist and is featured in the Lesbian Poet Trading Card Series from Headmistress Press. JP was the recipient of a Lambda Literary Judith A. Markowitz Emerging Writer Award and has received fellowships and grants from Cave Canem, VONA, Lambda, Astraea and Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). JP curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon, a NY-based forum offering all writers, but especially women, a monthly venue to collaborate. JP is an Editor-at-Large at Mom Egg Review online, and her poetry and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Academy of American Poets, Anomaly, Apogee Journal, The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Muzzle Magazine and The Best American Poetry Blog. Her poetry is widely anthologized. JP holds a BA from Barnard College, an MFA in Creative Writing from The City College of New York and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
A native of Tennessee, Raven Jackson is an award-winning filmmaker, poet, & photographer. In her work, she is particularly interested in stories which add texture to the pivotal experience of coming-of-age and/or into one’s sexuality, including the body’s relationship to nature. A Cave Canem graduate fellow, her work has been featured in The New York Times, TriQuarterly, CALYX, Kweli, Phantom Limb, PANK and elsewhere. Her chapbook of poetry, little violences (2017), is available from Cutbank Literary Magazine. A 2018-19 IFP Marcie Bloom Fellow, her debut feature film, all dirt roads taste of salt, winner of a prestigious SFFILM Rainin Screenwriting Grant, is currently in development and lyrically explores the life of a Black woman in the American South. Her latest short film, Nettles, winner of an inaugural Flies Collective Film Grant, recently had its International Premiere at the 66th edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival. She is a graduate of the New School’s Writing Program and New York University’s Graduate Film Program.