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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
March 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Celebrate the closing weekend of special exhibition “Roots of the Dinner Party,” which documents the making of the iconic work that showcases women throughout history. Three extraordinary Cave Canem poets read: aracelis girmay, Marwa Helal and zakia henderson-brown. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.
Aracelis Girmay is the author of three books of poems: the black maria, Kingdom Animalia, and Teeth. She is also the author/illustrator of the collage-based picture book changing, changing. Recent collaborations include an interview with Emmy Pérez and a poetry translation project with visual artist and writer Rosalba Campra. For the last several years, Girmay was on the faculty of Hampshire College’s School for Interdisciplinary Arts and before that taught community writing workshops with young people in New York and California. Girmay is on the editorial board of the African Poetry Book Fund and is a 2017-2018 June Jordan Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for Justice where she is teaching a poetry workshop for mothers.
Marwa Helal is a poet and journalist. Her work appears in Apogee, Hyperallergic, Poets & Writers, Winter Tangerine and elsewhere. She is the author of I AM MADE TO LEAVE I AM MADE TO RETURN (No, Dear/Small Anchor Press, 2017) and Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019). Helal is the winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial 2016 Poetry Contest and has been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Brooklyn Poets, and Cave Canem. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives and teaches in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in creative nonfiction from The New School and her BA in journalism and international studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.
zakia henderson-brown is the winner of the 2017 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship, and her manuscript What Kind of Omen Am I, selected by Cate Marvin, is forthcoming in the spring of 2018. She is a Cave Canem fellow, was a 2016 Poets House Emerging Poets fellow, and has received additional support from the Fine Arts Work Center, Callaloo, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Her poems have appeared in African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, North American Review, Vinyl, Washington Square Review, and others. She has been in residence at the Vermont Studio Center and the Louis Armstrong House Museum. zakia earned an MFA in Poetry and Literary Translation from Queens College and a BA from Wesleyan University. She works as an Associate Editor and Outreach Coordinator at nonprofit publisher The New Press and serves on the board of the Brooklyn Movement Center, where she co-founded the anti-gendered and sexualized street harassment collective, No Disrespect. She is a Brooklyn native and loyalist.