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April 2020

“Artitude: A Reading”

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Free

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Join participants in Rico Frederick's spring workshop “Artitude” as they showcase original poems with graphic design elements and posters with poetry centering around empowerment and social awareness. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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CANCELED: “Queer Vision: Writing and Reading Queer with Anastacia-Renee”

April 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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$10

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In this master class with multi-genre writer, educator and interdisciplinary artist, Anastacia-Renee, participants will close-read work written by contemporary and queer writers and create multiple pieces, which will mirror the writers in terms of format and topic, while simultaneously creating and queering their own poems. We will close with a workshop and discussion regarding queer appropriation as well as the difference between writing queer characters and writing from a queer perspective.

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Virtual Chapbook Launch: Marissa Davis’ “My Name & Other Languages I Am Learning How to Speak”

April 27 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Celebrate the launch of Marissa Davis' My Name & Other Languages I am Learning How to Speak, winner of the fifth annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Danez Smith and published by Jai-Alai Books. Davis reads alongside Cave Canem fellow Roi Cortez, winner of the inaugural Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize for her manuscript, I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains. ...

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CANCELED: “Beast of No Poetics: A Reading”

April 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Free

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Hear participants in Marwa Helal's spring workshop “The Art of the Sample” as they showcase original works that remix old and new texts. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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July 2020

Cave Canem and City of Asylum Presents: Evie Shockley and Major Jackson

July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Every June since 2010, City of Asylum has presented featured readings of Cave Canem poets to cap off the annual Cave Canem Retreat. These are rousing performances that speak to issues of the day with emotion, with beauty, and with calls to action. Even though the 2020 Cave Canem retreat was postponed, we’re honored to continue the tradition—this year, virtually. Major Jackson and Evie Shockley, faculty from the 2020 Cave Canem Retreat, will read new and selected works live from their…

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August 2020

Cave Canem and City of Asylum Presents: Robin Coste Lewis and Frank X Walker

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Every June since 2010, City of Asylum has presented featured readings of Cave Canem poets to cap off the annual Cave Canem Retreat. These are rousing performances that speak to issues of the day with emotion, with beauty, and with calls to action. Even though the 2020 Cave Canem retreat was postponed, we’re honored to continue the tradition—this year, virtually. Robin Coste Lewis and Frank X Walker, faculty from the 2020 Cave Canem Retreat, will read new and selected works live…

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September 2020

Douglas Kearney: “I Killed, I Died: Banter, Self-Destruction, and the Poetry Reading”

September 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This lecture is a part of the Bagley Wright Lecture Series on Poetry, which supports contemporary poets as they explore in-depth their own thinking on poetry and poetics, and give a series of lectures resulting from these investigations. Lectures are delivered publicly in partnership with institutions nationwide. Find out more about past, present, and future lecturers, and explore the archive at www.bagleywrightlectures.org. While reading from early drafts of Patter, a collection about miscarriage, infertility, and making a Black family in the…

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A Reading & Conversation with Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil, moderated by Cathy Linh Che & Malcolm Tariq

September 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

In celebration of the publication months of Ross Gay’s Be Holding: A Poem and Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, Cave Canem is co-hosting a virtual reading with Kundiman and Milkweed Editions! Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil will read and join Cathy Linh Che of Kundiman and Malcolm Tariq of Cave Canem in conversation. Be sure to order your copy of World of Wonders and Be Holding: A Poem from Bookshop.org! Register for the…

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October 2020

2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Chekwube Danladi

October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

Hear 2019 Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Chekwube Danladi read from her debut poetry collection Semiotics (UGA Press, 2020), praised by Evie Shockley for poems that are “restless, mobile, traveling energetically across geographies and forms—from Chicago’s Westside to Accra, from the ghazal to the bop to new structures conjured for the specific truths of a new voice.” Runner-up and Cave Canem fellow Nicholas Goodly, kicks off the evening with an introductory reading, followed by final judge and Cave Canem faculty Evie Shockley. This event is virtual:…

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First Books: Destiny O. Birdsong with Tarfia Faizullah

October 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Two brilliant poets meet in conversation on their respective first books. Cave Canem fellow Destiny O. Birdsong will read from her recent debut, Negotiations (Tin House, 2020), of which Elizabeth Acevedo says “for all of its ferocity in how it grapples with womanhood, sexuality, assault, and race, this collection is also full of wonder. Of forgiveness.” Tarfia Faizullah  reflects on her own first book, Seam (SIU Press 2014), described by Natasha Tretheway as containing "brave and unflinching vision" and "elegant and wise restraint." This program…

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