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New Works: Cave Canem Fellows Aricka Foreman, Dave Harris, and Valencia Robin
November 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Hear three brilliant Cave Canem fellows read work from their debut collections. Aricka Foreman is the author of Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books, 2020), described by Luther Hughes of Shade Literary Arts as “Lyrical and rife with utterance[…]Interior driven and intimately political.” Dave Harris, whose work is praised by Marty Rosen for being “fearless in its scope and means,” is the author of Patricide (Button Poetry, 2019). Recipient of a 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, Valencia Robin‘s full-length collection, Ridiculous Light (Persea Books, 2019), “illuminates in utterly lyrical and necessary ways,” as said by Patricia Smith. Free and open to the public.
Aricka Foreman is an American poet, essayist and digital curator from Detroit, MI. Author of the chapbook Dream with a Glass Chamber, and Salt Body Shimmer (YesYes Books, 2020), she has received fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Her work has appeared in RHINO, Buzzfeed, James Franco Review, THRUSH and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Northwestern University Press) among others. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Offing, and spends her time in Chicago, IL experimenting with photography & video-narratives.
Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. He is the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout Theatre Company. His play TAMBO & BONES will be produced at Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group in 2021, and his play EXCEPTION TO THE RULE will be produced at Roundabout. His work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theater Club, Center Theatre Group, The Goodman, Victory Gardens, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and Ojai Playwrights Conference amongst others. Honors include: the 2019 Ollie Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award and Mark Twain Award from The Kennedy Center, The International Commendation for The Bruntwood Prize, the 2018 Venturous Fellowship from The Lark, and a Cave Canem and Callaloo poetry fellowship amongst others. His adapted film Summertime had its premiere at Sundance in 2020 and will be distributed in 2021. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, was published in May 2019 from Button Poetry.
Valencia Robin is a poet and visual artist. Her first collection of poems, Ridiculous Light, won Persea Books’ Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Poetry Books of 2019. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry Daily, The Boston Review, Triquarterly, and elsewhere. A co-director of the UVA Young Writers Workshop, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Art & Design from the University of Michigan.