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February 2020

New Works Reading: Lauren K. Alleyne, t’ai freedom ford and avery r. young

February 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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Enjoy a display of exceptional poetry featuring new collections by Cave Canem fellows Lauren K. Alleyne, t'ai freedom ford and avery r. young. Author of two poetry collections, Lauren K. Alleyne's most recent, Honeyfish , holds "exquisitely crafted poems of heart-accelerating candor and clarity," as said by Tracy K. Smith. t'ai freedom ford is a 2019 Jerome Hill Artist inaugural fellow whose most recent poetry collection, & more black is described by Terrance Hayes as "a book holding spectacular spells, songs, and instructions for freedom.” Interdisciplinary artist avery r. young is the author of neckbone: visual verses, of which Theaster Gates says, "you’re not just reading one of our greatest living street poets or one of the most important thinkers on the Black experience; you're reading about yourself.” ...

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New Works Reading: James Cagney, Xandria Phillips and Cedric Tillman

February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street
New York, 10011 United States

Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three brilliant Cave Canem poets. Recipient of the 2019 Josephine Miles Award from PEN Oakland, James Cagney is the author of Black Steel Magnolias in The Hour of Chaos Theory , a debut collection of which poet Connie Post says, "There is much to behold in this masterful book...." Poet and visual artist Xandria Phillips' debut collection, HULL, is praised by poet Thylias Moss for being "brilliantly executed. Everything precise. Xandria Phillips is no ordinary architect.” Cedric Tillman is the author of two poetry collections, most recently, IN MY FEELINS, praised by author Alan Michael Parker for holding "fabulous poems of candor and jump, muscle and song." ...

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Poets on Craft: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor & Christian Campbell

February 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House, 58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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In this intimate meeting-of-the-minds, hear two exceptional poets, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Christian Campbell, read from and discuss their work. A finalist for the 2018 Paterson Poetry Prize, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor is the author of four poetry collections, most recently, Arrival , praised by Kimiko Hahn as "A stunning contribution to contemporary poetry!" Poet, essayist and scholar, Christian Campbell is the author of Running the Dusk , winner of the Aldeburgh First Collection Prize and described by Elizabeth Alexander as "A truly auspicious debut by a brilliant young writer." Cave Canem fellow, performer and creative writing educator, Samantha Thornhill moderates.

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March 2020

CANCELLED: Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading

March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Grand Hyatt San Antonio, 600 E. Market Street, Bowie B Balcony Room (4th floor)
San Antonio, Texas 78205 United States
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Experience our annual Off-Site Reading at AWP San Antonio, hosted by the Grand Hyatt Hotel! This year’s reading is headlined by Texas-based Cave Canem fellows francine j. harris and Niki Herd, who will open the night before an additional 15+ fellows share their work in four-minute, rapid-fire intervals. Free and open to the public.

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CANCELED: A Reading & Conversation with Cave Canem Prize Winners: Major Jackson, Donika Kelly and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

March 7 @ 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
HemisFair Ballroom C3, Henry B. González Center, Ballroom Level, 900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205 United States
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Enjoy an afternoon of phenomenal poetry and stimulating conversation! Since the publication of Natasha Trethewey's Domestic Work (Graywolf, 2000), the Cave Canem Poetry Prize has launched the careers of poets such as Major Jackson, Donika Kelly, Rickey Laurentiis and Tracy K. Smith. The prize has not only changed the trajectory of individual lives, it has also changed the face of literature. Cave Canem Prize winners Major Jackson, Donika Kelly and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon read their prize-winning work, followed by a moderated conversation with Julian Randall about the role the prize has played in their creative lives.

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April 2020

CANCELED: “New Works: Aricka Foreman, Dave Harris and Valencia Robin”

April 9 @ 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 three brilliant Cave Canem fellows read work from their debut collections.  Aricka Foreman is the author of Salt Body Shimmer , described by Luther Hughes of Shade Literary Arts as "Lyrical and rife with utteranceInterior driven and intimately political."  Dave Harris, whose work is praised by Marty Rosen for being "fearless in its scope and means," is a poet and playwright, winner of the 2018 Rattle Poetry Prize and author of Patricide . Recipient of a 2018 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, Valencia Robin's full-length collection, Ridiculous Light , "illuminates in utterly lyrical and necessary ways," as said by Patricia Smith. Free and open to the public.

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CANCELED: “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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