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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
November 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pmFree
Enjoy a lively night of poetry with Cave Canem fellows Sean DesVignes, Joel Dias-Porter and Omotara James as they share work in celebration of the Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.
Sean DesVignes received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University. An NY-Emmy Award Winner, his poetry has won the Beinecke Scholarship and the Burton A. Goldberg Poetry Prize.
Joel Dias-Porter (@Diasporter) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He represented Washington, DC as either a team member or an individual competitor at the National Poetry Slam for six consecutive years from 1994-1999. He made the individual finals five years in a row and in 1998 and 1999 was also Heads Up Haiku Slam Champion. His work can be found in Time Magazine, POETRY, Mead, The Offending Adam, Best American Poets 2014, Callalloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Asheville Review, and Beltway Quarterly. His work has been anthologized in Resisting Arrest, Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, and Catch a Fire. He has performed on the “Today Show,” “SlamNation” and in the film “Slam”. Dias-Porter is a Cave Canem fellow and currently lives in Atlantic City, NJ.
Omotara James is the author of Daughter Tongue, selected by African Poetry Book Fund, in collaboration with Akashic Books, for the 2018 New Generation African Poets Box Set. She has been award fellowships from Lambda Literary and Cave Canem. Her awards include the Bridging the Gap Award for Emerging Poets and the Nancy P. Schnader Academy of American Poets Award. Her poetry has appeared in Literary Hub, Poetry Society of America, The Recluse, Nat.Brut, Winter Tangerine, Cosmonauts Avenue and elsewhere, including various anthologies. Her poem, Things I know to be true, but will never prove was nominated for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Omotara received her BA from Hofstra University and is currently an MFA candidate at NYU. She writes, teaches and edits poetry in New York City.