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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
October 7, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
Darrel Alejandro Holnes and Jessica Lanay read work celebrating the past, present and future of the Americas in honor of Latinx and Hispanic people(s) whose work, artistry and experience transcends borders. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series.
Darrel Alejandro Holnes is a poet and playwright from Panama City, Panama. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere in print and online. Several of his poems have won awards including the 2017 C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize and he was a finalist or semifinalist for Pushcart Prizes, the Split This Rock! National Poetry Contest, Rumi Prize in Poetry, Pablo Neruda Prize in Poetry, and the “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize. He has received scholarships or fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, CantoMundo, Summer Literary Seminars, Vermont College of Fine Arts Postgraduate Writers Conference, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. He works with writers at the United Nations and teaches at NYU and the City University of New York – Medgar Evers College, where he is an Assistant Professor of English.
Jessica Lanay is a poet and short story writer, originally from the Florida Keys, who is interested in writing towards the incalculable nature of human emotions, psychology and metaphysical dilemmas. Jessica Lanay is a Cave Canem Fellow, Callaloo Fellow, and Kimbilio Fellow. Currently, she is pursuing her MFA in Poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and works at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Her work can be found in Salt Hill Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, Sugar House Review, Acentos Review, Crab Fat Magazine and others; she has poetry forthcoming in Fugue.