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New Works: Geffrey Davis, Camonghne Felix and Ladan Osman
October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three brilliant Cave Canem poets. Praised by Cave Canem faculty Chris Abani as “a quietly brilliant poet,” Geffrey Davis‘ most recent poetry collection Night Angler (BOA Editions, 2019) is winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award. Camonghne Felix is author of Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books, 2019), a collection of which poet Morgan Parker says “heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling.” Ladan Osman, who poet Danez Smith says is “one of the most alive minds in poetry today,” is author of two full-length collections, most recently, Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019). Free and open to the public. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored with The New School Creative Writing Program.
Geffrey Davis is the author of two full collections of poetry: Night Angler (BOA Editions, 2019), winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award and Revising the Storm (BOA Editions, 2014), winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award finalist. He is also the author of the chapbook Begotten (URB Books, 2016), coauthored with F. Douglas Brown. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Mississippi Review, New England Review, New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, PBS NewsHour, Ploughshares and elsewhere. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Davis teaches for the University of Arkansas’s MFA in Creative Writing & Translation and for The Rainier Writing Workshop low-residency MFA program.
Camonghne Felix, M.A. is a poet, political strategist, media junkie and cultural worker. She received an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, an MFA from Bard College, and has received Fellowships from Cave Canem, Callaloo and Poets House. The 2012 Pushcart Prize nominee is the author of the chapbook Yolk, and was recently listed by Black Youth Project as a “Black Girl From the Future You Should Know.” Her first full-length collection of poems, Build Yourself a Boat, was a 2017 University of Wisconsin Press Brittingham & Pollak Prize finalist, a 2017 Fordham University Poets Out Loud semi-finalist, and was published by Haymarket Books in April 2019.
Ladan Osman is a Somali born artist whose work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is the author of Exiles of Eden (Coffee House Press, 2019), a work of poetry, photos and experimental text, as well as The Kitchen-Dweller’s Testimony (Uni. of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of a Sillerman First Book Prize. Her work has appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, Roar, Rumpus, among others. Osman’s writing has been translated into over 10 languages. She currently lives in Brooklyn.