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October 2020

Black Futures, Black Pasts with Yona Harvey and Cherene Sherrard

October 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Yona Harvey’s You Don't Have to Go to Mars for Love (Four Way Books, 2020) investigates Black futures and possibilities via the supernatural and Afro-futurism, while Cherene Sherrard uses one of the earliest cookbooks published by an African American woman to memorialize the past in her newest poetry collection, Grimoire (Autumn House Press, 2020). In Black Futures, Black Pasts, Harvey and Sherrard read from their recent books and talk with Cave Canem fellow Kush Thompson about centering Black womanhood in their work. This…

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Poets on Craft: Writing “The Life of…” with Rita Dove and Janice N. Harrington

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In this intimate meeting-of-the-minds, hear two exceptional poets, Rita Dove and Janice N. Harrington, give insight into writing poetry that envisions the lives of prominent Black artists. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove will read from Sonata Mulattica (W. W. Norton, 2010), her tribute to 19th century Afro-European violin prodigy George Bridgetower, and Janice N. Harrington will read from Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin (BOA Editions, 2016). Cave Canem fellow, poet and essayist Natasha Oladokun moderates. This event is presented in partnership with The…

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November 2020

When Poetry Meets Memoir: A Master Class with Anastacia-Renee

November 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  “…my eyes are always hungry and remembering however the image enters its force remains.” -Audre Lorde   When we engage with the intricacies of what the body cannot forget and interrogate the multiple ways to tell and retell the stories the mind remembers, we call it memoir. This masterclass encourages writers to take memoires from the past and present and infuse two or more poetic devices to create one new piece of multi-genre, hybrid work. We will push beyond…

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