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November 2018

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

November 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries, 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Enjoy a lively night of poetry with Cave Canem fellows Sean Des Vignes, Joel Dias-Porter and Omotara James as they share work in celebration of the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum’s First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public.

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Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Julian Randall

November 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Hear 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Julian Randall read from his debut Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018) of which the final prize judge Vievee Francis says, "Ultimately, these poems renounce. Randall’s work speaks to his refusal to abide by the expected boundaries and binaries set out for him." Vievee Francis, Darrel Alejandro Holnes, honorable mention for Stepmotherland, and Shayla Lawson, honorable mention for Ti Ador(n)o, kick off the evening with introductory readings.

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December 2018

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

December 1, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries, 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Join us for an evening of exceptional poetry with Cave Canem fellows Hafizah Geter, Cynthia Manick and Nicholas Nichols, who read as part of a celebration of Brooklyn-based artists and the Brooklyn Museum's new exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This presentation is part of the Museum's First Saturdays event series. Free and open to the public. Born in Zaria, Nigeria,…

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January 2019

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

January 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Brooklyn Museum, The Americas Galleries, 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States
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Commemorate a new year and new futures with readings from Cave Canem fellows S. Erin Batiste, Ama Codjoe and Kyla Marshell. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum's First Saturdays event series and also celebrates the exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. Free and open to the public...

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February 2019

Cave Canem at the Brooklyn Museum

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

Enjoy a night with Cave Canem fellows Naomi Extra, Stephanie Jean and Karisma Price, as they read in honor of Black History Month. This presentation is part of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays event series and also celebrates the exhibition "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power," which shines light on a broad spectrum of Black artistic practice from 1963 to 1983. This is a ticketed event, open to the public. (Tickets are free and will be distributed in the lobby on the day-of, one hour before the start of the program.)...

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Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts

February 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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$20

Cave Canem is thrilled to host an anti-racism workshop to engage community building within the arts around issues of racism and equity. This second offering of  "Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts" is a five-hour integrative anti-racism workshop & training geared towards leaders working in the literary arts. This workshop intends to impact the programming and work environments of arts institutions by training key administrators in anti-racist approaches, language and understandings. The workshop is led…

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Cave Canem Legacy Conversations: Tyehimba Jess & Patricia Smith

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Explore the love-hate relationship between spoken-word and written poetry, which remains fraught in the literary world and often incites questions of race, class and respectability. This reading by and dialogue between page and stage poets features Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award-winner Patricia Smith, aiming to both deconstruct and illuminate the multitudes within poetry and form. Cave Canem fellow Nate Marshall moderates. This event is co-sponsored with the Poetry Foundation. Tyehimba Jess is the author of two books of poetry. Olio (Wave…

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New Works: Brionne Janae, Nabila Lovelace and Justin Phillip Reed

February 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Join us for an evening of poetry showcasing new collections by three remarkable poets. Brionne Janae's debut collection, After Jubilee (Boaat Press, 2017), is described by Cave Canem faculty Amber Flora Thomas as "an excellent read, if for no other reason than the range and lyricism of Janae’s voice." Nabila Lovelace is the author of Sons of Achilles (YesYesBooks, 2018), of which Hanif Abdurraqib says, "There’s a real beauty to the way that she puts together words.” Winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry, Justin Phillip Reed is the author of Indecency (Coffee House Press, 2018), praised by Dawn Lundy Martin as "the new duende. It is like no other book I’ve read; Reed is an extraordinary talent.” Free and open to the public...

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Poets on Craft: Teri Ellen Cross Davis and Melissa Castillo Planas

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011 United States
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Hear two extraordinary poets read from and discuss their work while also exploring the topic of anthologizing Black poets. Cave Canem fellow Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint (Gival Press, 2017) and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective, which recently published the anthology Not Without Our Laughter: Poems of Humor, Joy & Sexuality (Mason Jar Press, 2017), praised by D Watkins as "brilliantly addictive." Poet, essayist and fiction writer Melissa Castillo Planas is editor of two anthologies, most recently ¡Manteca!: An Anthology…

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March 2019

Party for the People: A Poetry Pop-up Dance Party

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Amarachi, 189 Bridge St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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Come have a ball with Cave Canem Foundation and Lambda Literary for a free speech, free verse, free groove function. Dance your constraints away and enjoy pop-up readings from a dynamic lineup of poets, including Kay Ulanday Barrett, Victoria Newton Ford, Donika Kelly, Omotara James, and Danez Smith addressing themes of democracy.  This event is presented as part of the Poetry Coalition's thematic initiative, “What Is It, Then, Between Us?: Poetry & Democracy.” Music provided by DJ Rivera. Free and open to the public.      …

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