Cave Canem’s Fall Season Kicks Off with Poets at the End of the World

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An overflowing room of more than 65 attendees gathered in Cave Canem’s Brooklyn loft on August 13, 2019 for Cave Canem’s first event of the fall season: an intimate and lively reading with Poets at the End of the World. A collective comprised of Cave Canem fellows and acclaimed poets Ama Codjoe, Donika Kelly, Nicole Sealey, Evie Shockley and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Poets at the End of the World (PEW) dedicates itself to service and social justice. PEW is influenced by the work and lives of legendary poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, June Jordan and Audre Lorde to turn literary work into action by donating collective honoraria to contribute tangible support to institutions dedicated to a more just and equitable world.

Featured readers shared newly written poems as well as crowd favorites. Of the reading, Cave Canem faculty Evie Shockley expressed, “I was deeply affirmed by the amazing turnout (a full-to-overflowing room!), [and] the generous attention to my reading. It was a wonderful opportunity to share some new work with an ideal audience that not many spaces besides Cave Canem can provide.”

We’re thankful for the generosity of Poets at the End of the World and The Fringe Foundation, whose support has made this program possible.



Photo Credit: Nicholas Nichols