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April 2019

New Works: Jericho Brown, Marwa Helal and Kwoya Fagin Maples

April 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three brilliant Cave Canem poets. Winner of an American Book Award for Poetry, Jericho Brown is the author of three poetry collections, most recently The Tradition (Copper Canyon 2019), of which Claudia Rankine says "To read Jericho Brown's poems is to encounter devastating genius." Marwa Helal is the author of Invasive species (Nightboat Books, 2019), praised by Solmaz Sharif for being "gorgeous and gutting, rising to its own invocation." Of Kwoya Fagin Maples's debut collection MEND (University Press of Kentucky, 2018), finalist for the AWP Prize, Abraham Smith notes, "MEND is a startling, stomping debut...

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May 2019

The Poetry of Translation: A Reading

May 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Hear participants in Jenny Xie‘s workshop “The Poetry of Translation” as they showcase poetic translations of all kinds. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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Yusef Komunyakaa: A Celebration

May 11 @ 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for a reading by Yusef Komunyakaa and other special guests, preceded by a day of panels and talks at the Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House.

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this unholding’s long night lounge: A Lecture with Fred Moten

May 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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This lecture dives in at the intersection of theory and poetics. First, we will engage the poetry of Layli Long Soldier before veering off—by way of literary theorist Rei Terada's deep reading of (anti-) political theorist Cedric Robinson—toward a question concerning the (im)possibility of a structural reading of myth in Nathaniel Mackey. $10. Ticket available via Cave Canem's Eventbrite Box Office. Fred Moten is a poet and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies. A professor…

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June 2019

Cave Canem Faculty Reading & Conversation

June 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601 United States
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Join us for an evening with Cave Canem faculty Dawn Lundy Martin and Willie Perdomo, both of whom will read from their work before engaging a moderated conversation. Recipient of a PEN/Open Book Award, Willie Perdomo is the author of The Crazy Bunch (Penguin Poets, 2019) and The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon (Penguin Poets, 2014), finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and winner of the International Latino Book Award. Martin is the author of four books of poetry, including A Gathering of Matter…

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Cave Canem Fellows Read

June 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601 United States
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Join us for an exciting night of poetry as fellows from this year's retreat read their poems in rapid-fire, 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.          

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Cave Canem Fellows Read

June 12 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village Hall, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 150 Finoli Drive
Greensburg, PA 15601 United States
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Celebrate the breadth of Black poetry as a new group of this year’s Cave Canem fellows share original work in 4-minute intervals. Free and open to the public. Refreshments served.

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Cave Canem Faculty Read at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

June 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:45 pm
Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212 United States
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Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2019 retreat faculty Cornelius Eady, Ruth Ellen Kocher and Matthew Shenoda at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Eady is the author of eight poetry collections, including Victims of the Latest Dance Craze (Ommation Press, 1986), winner of the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets and most recently, Hardheaded Weather (Penguin, 2008), nominated for an NAACP Image Award.  Recipient of the 2014 PEN/Open Book Award, Kocher is the author of Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014)…

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