Cave Canem at AWP Portland

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This past March, Cave Canem joined hundreds of literary institutions and thousands of writers for the AWP conference in Portland, Oregon. Cave Canem’s first stop on March 27 was at Literary Arts, where we hosted our Fellows Off-Site Reading. Emceed by graduate fellow Samiya Bashir, the program attracted nearly 100 attendees and featured 15 fellows, who each read original work in rapid-fire intervals. One audience member said that the reading “took my breath away…”

​On March 28th, Cave Canem’s AWP event featured Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley for a reading, followed by a conversation with poet Fatimah Asghar. Of the event, which drew an audience of more than 270, one attendee noted, “the entire program felt loving and inviting.”

Throughout the conference, Cave Canem’s book fair booth was lively—attendees perused Cave Canem prize-winning titles and connected with fellows and staff!

Enjoy highlights from AWP 2019 below!

Black and white photos by Cave Canem fellow and photographer Marcus Jackson.