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Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum
January 5, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Commemorate a new year and new futures with readings from Cave Canem fellows S. Erin Batiste, Ama Codjoe and Kyla Marshell. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series and also celebrates the 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. Free and open to the public.
S. Erin Batiste is a poet. She has recently been named a finalist for the 2018 Furious Flower Poetry Prize, a semi-finalist for the 2018 Boston Review’s Discovery Poetry Contest, and was long listed for the 2018 Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize and 2018 Peach Mag Gold in Poetry. She has received fellowships and support from Cave Canem, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Brooklyn Poets, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her work is forthcoming or appears in Wildness, Cosmonauts Avenue, Peach Mag, Haunt Journal of Art, and the Puerto del Sol Black Voices Series.
Ama Codjoe was raised in Youngstown, Ohio with roots in Memphis and Accra. She has been awarded support from Saltonstall, Cave Canem, Jerome, and Rauschenberg foundations, Crosstown Arts, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the MacDowell Colony. Her recent poems have appeared in Gulf Coast Online, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Callaloo. Ama is the recipient of a 2017 Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award and a 2018 Loraine Williams Poetry Prize.
Kyla Marshell’s poems, essays, interviews, and reviews have appeared in the Guardian, Hannah Magazine, O, the Oprah Magazine, the Poetry Foundation, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere. Her work has earned her a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets College Prize, a Jacob K. Javits fellowship, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. In 2013, Ebony.com named her one of “7 Young Black Writers You Should Know.” A Spelman College graduate originally from Boston, she grew up in Silver Spring, MD, Morehead, KY, and Portland, ME, and now lives in New York.