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December 2020

Ekphrasis and the Body: A Workshop Reading

December 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Participants from Ekphrasis and the Body, one of Cave Canem's workshops this fall, will read from work developed with Omotara James. Click here to RSVP. Course Description Traditionally, an ekphrastic poem describes or gives voice to a visual work of art. When we are moved by a piece of art, we usually experience it viscerally, before we process it intellectually. In other words, we experience art in the body. The body not only houses these experiences, but contains every memory…

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February 2021

Writers Worktable: From the Editor’s Desk

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Poets and editors Duriel E. Harris ("Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora") and Ashaki M. Jackson ("The Offing") discuss their editorial careers, the mission and work of the journals they manage, and working with and advocating for Black writers. This virtual event will be broadcasted via Zoom. Please register here. Conceptual artist and scholar, Duriel E. Harris is the author of three critically acclaimed volumes of poetry: Drag (2003); Amnesiac: Poems (2010); and No Dictionary of a Living Tongue…

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March 2021

Poets on Craft: Black Queer Memoirs

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Pamela Sneed (Funeral Diva) and Arisa White (Who’s Your Daddy) discuss life writing and autobiography in recent books. Moderated by mace dent johnson. In partnership with New York University’s Creative Writing Program. This virtual event will be broadcasted via Zoom. Please register here.   Pamela Sneed is a New York-based poet, writer, performer and visual artist, author of Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom than Slavery, KONG and Other Works, Sweet Dreams, and two chaplets, Gift by Belladonna and Black Panther. She has been featured in The…

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Legacy Conversations: C. S. Giscombe and Nathaniel Mackey

March 7 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Legacy Conversations features pre-eminent poets and scholars in dialogue about historical, aesthetic, political, and personal influences on craft and thought. In this edition, poets C. S. Giscombe, known for his meditations across geography and time, and Nathaniel Mackey, noted for his experiments with language and music, are led in conversation by Cave Canem fellow Jari Bradley. A featured event at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs 2021 Conference. A recording of the event will be made public following the presentation.   C. S.…

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New Works: Southern Debuts

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Southern poets Steven Leyva (The Understudy’s Handbook), Rodney Terich Leonard (Sweetgum & Lightning), and Diamond Forde (Mother Body) discuss recent debut collections. RSVP here.   Diamond Forde's debut collection, Mother Body, is the winner of the 2019 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Diamond has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Pink Poetry Prize, the Furious Flower Poetry Prize, CLA's Margaret Walker Memorial Prize, and 3rd place in Frontier Poetry's New Poets Award. She is a Callaloo and Tin House fellow, whose work has appeared in Massachusetts Review,…

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First Books: Cheswayo Mphanza and Afaa Michael Weaver

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Cheswayo Mphanza discusses his recent debut, The Rinehart Frames, with Afaa Michael Weaver, who reflects on his own first book, Water Song (1985). In partnership with Bowery Poetry. The event will be broadcasted on Facebook Live via Bowery Poetry. Attendees may also register here.   Cheswayo Mphanza was born in Lusaka, Zambia and raised in Chicago, Illinois. His work has been featured in the New England Review, The Paris Review, Hampden-Sydney Review, Lolwe, Birdfeast, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference,…

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New Dreams: Poems and Conversation with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Bernard Ferguson, torrin a. greathouse, and Khadijah Queen

March 26 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Poets Kay Ulanday Barrett, Bernard Ferguson, torrin a. greathouse, and Khadijah Queen share new commissioned poems on the environment. This event is presented as part of the Poetry Coalition’s collaborative exploration of the theme “It is burning./ It is dreaming./ It is waking up.: Poetry & Environmental Justice.” Events in this series aim to demonstrate how poetry can positively provoke questions in communities about environmental justice and spark increased engagement with this urgent topic. In partnership with Lambda Literary. RSVP here.  …

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April 2021

All that You Touch / You Change Poetry Festival

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

In answer to these extraordinary and changing times, Poet Guides José Felipe Alvergue, Tamiko Beyer, Chen Chen, S. Brook Corfman, Carolyn Forché, and Aracelis Girmay will lead attendees in an offering (a meditation, a reading or a revelation) followed by a writing prompt. The audience will respond in real-time writing, creating and listening together as an act of communal power. Organized by Fordham University’s Poetic Justice Institute, in partnership with  Fordham College at Lincoln Center Dean’s Office, The Axe Houghton Foundation, Cave…

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Every Shining Gift: A Birthday Celebration for Toi Derricotte

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry, stories, and reflection in celebration of our beloved, renowned poet and co-founder, Toi Derricotte. This virtual program celebrates Derricotte's 80th year and serves as a fundraiser on behalf of Cave Canem. Hosted by Cave Canem fellow and former Board President Amanda Johnston, the event features guest poets Mahogany Browne, Camonghne Felix, Joanne Gabbin, Terrance Hayes, Evie Shockley reading poems written and inspired by Toi Derricotte, and personal reflections.   Register here. Suggested $25 donation.…

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Chapbook Launch: Wale Ayinla, with Mahogany L. Browne and Layla Benitez-James

April 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Celebrate the launch of Wale Ayinla’s To Cast a Dream, winner of the 2020 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. The program will feature readings by Wale Ayinla, prize judge Mahogany Browne, and 2017 Cave Canem Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize-winner Layla Benitez-James. A Q&A will follow. Free and open to the public. This event is co-sponsored by O, Miami Poetry Festival, Jai-Alai Books, and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel. RSVP here.   Wale Ayinla (he/him) is a…

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