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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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Free

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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Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading

March 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St.
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Experience our annual Off-Site Reading at AWP Portland, hosted by Literary Arts! This year’s reading is headlined by Portland and Seattle-based Cave Canem fellows Quenton Baker, Ashaki M. Jackson, Bettina Judd, Anastacia-Renee and Christopher Rose, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Fellow and Portland resident Samiya Bashir emcees. Free and open to the public, this event is co-presented with Literary Arts.

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A Reading & Conversation with Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley

March 28 @ 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Portland Ballroom 253-254, Oregon Convention Center, Level 2, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Award-winning poets Dawn Lundy Martin, Morgan Parker and Evie Shockley give brief readings of their original work, followed by a discussion about poetry as a space for complex negotiations and radical reimaginings. While the meaning of diversity is being debated, these poets' unique voices and varied strategies expand the discourse beyond considerations of race and ethnicity. Their views of the poet as artist and social being disrupt familiar tropes assigned to…

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April 2019

Miami Chapbook Launch: Mia S. Willis’ “monster house.”

April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The Betsy-South Beach, 1440 Ocean Drive
Miami, FL 33139 United States
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Free

Celebrate the launch of Mia S. Willis' monster house., winner of the fourth annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, selected by Dawn Lundy Martin and published by Jai-Alai Books. This event is part of the month-long O, Miami Poetry Festival. Free and open to the public. Mia S. Willis is a 23-year-old African American artist and adventurer from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mia is a recipient of the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize for their poem “hecatomb,” which was also…

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New Works: Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Alison C. Rollins and Amber Flora Thomas

April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, 63 5th Avenue, Room UL102
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Free

Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry featuring new collections by Cave Canem fellows Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Alison C. Rollins and Cave Canem faculty Amber Flora Thomas. Author of three poetry collections, Mitchell L.H.Douglas' most recent, dying in the scarecrow's arms (Persea Books, 2018), holds "masterful poems" that "serve as questions and facts, protests and affirmations," as said by Adrian Matejka. A recipient of a 2018 Rona Jaffe Writers' Award and 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship, Alison C. Rollins is the author of Library of Small Catastrophes  (Copper Canyon Press, 2019).  Amber Flora Thomas is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Red Channel in the Rupture (Red Hen Press, 2018), described by Camille T. Dungy as exhibiting a voice that is "fresh, fierce and wildly alive." 

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Un/Formed: A Workshop Reading

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Free

Join participants in Tiphanie Yanique‘s workshop “Un/Formed” as they share new work exploring the limits of form. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.

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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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Free

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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Free

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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Free

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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$10

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. This program is currently sold out. Fred Moten is a poet and scholar whose work explores critical theory, black studies, and performance studies. A professor at New York…

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