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September 2019

The Book of Our Lives: A Workshop on Storytelling with Cecilia Gentili

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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The goal of this workshop with trans activist and storyteller Cecilia Gentili, is to empower participants to use narrative as a way to heal, move an audience and gain the confidence to share their experiences with others.  Through community sharing, participants will dissect stories presented by Cecilia Gentili to learn and determine the best ways to develop their own personal stories to be presented to others.

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October 2019

Poets on Craft: Toi Derricotte and Terrance Hayes

October 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 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, Toi Derricotte and Terrance Hayes, read from and discuss their work with moderator, renowned poet and scholar Elizabeth Alexander. Derricotte is co-founder of Cave Canem Foundation and the author of six collections of poetry, most recently I: New and Selected Poems, of which Ross Gay says, "No writer I know of explores with more honestly the sorrows and wonders and joys and shames and tenderness of being alive." Cave Canem faculty and 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Hayes' most recent poetry collection, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin, is described by Walton Muyumba as "The right poetry collection for right now."

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New Works: Geffrey Davis, Camonghne Felix and Ladan Osman

October 17, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 West 11th Street
New York, 10011 United States
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Come celebrate the recent publications of new work by three brilliant Cave Canem poets. Praised by Cave Canem faculty Chris Abani as "a quietly brilliant poet," Geffrey Davis' most recent poetry collection Night Angler is winner of the 2018 James Laughlin Award. Camonghne Felix is author of Build Yourself a Boat, a collection of which poet Morgan Parker says "heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling.”  Ladan Osman, who poet Danez Smith says is "one of the most alive minds in poetry today," is author of two full-length collections, most recently, Exiles of Eden.

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The Art of the Sample: A Reading

October 24, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Hear participants in Cortney Lamar Charleston's fall 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. Cave Canem's third-floor loft space at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York is mobility-accessible with an elevator at the main entrance to the building. When planning to attend an event at our Brooklyn headquarters, please call 718.858.0000 to let us know that you require wheelchair seating.

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November 2019

Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading: Tsitsi Jaji

November 7, 2019 @ 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 2018 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize-winner Tsitsi Jaji read from her second book of poems Mother Tongues, selected by Matthew Shenoda, who says that “With considered precision and a scholar’s lens, we dive deep into the cultural productions of a global Africa rife with brilliance and possibility.”  Irene Mathieu, honorable mention for Grand Marronage, as well as contest judge and 2019 Cave Canem guest poet Matthew Shenoda, begin the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.

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BEAT THE DEAD HORSE!: A Reading

November 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A, 20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Hear participants in Angel Nafis' fall workshop “BEAT THE DEAD HORSE!” showcase new and vibrant ways to engage their poetic obsessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served. This program is made possible by generous contributions from The Jerome Foundation. Cave Canem's third-floor loft space at 20 Jay Street in Brooklyn, New York is mobility-accessible with an elevator at the main entrance to the building. When planning to attend an event at our Brooklyn headquarters, please call 718.858.0000…

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Legacy Conversations: Marilyn Nelson and Gregory Pardlo

November 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Foundation, 61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and conversation with Cave Canem Elder Marilyn Nelson and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo as they explore the nuances of writing one's family history.  An elected Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and recipient of the 2019 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize from the Poetry Foundation, Marilyn Nelson is the author of numerous poetry collections and books for children and young adults. Her most recent publications include the memoir How I Discovered Poetry and poetry collection, My Seneca Village . Gregory Pardlo is, most recently, author of Air Traffic memoir in essay, and the poetry collection, Digest, winner the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a finalist for the Hurston Wright Legacy Award. Cave Canem fellow and scholar Chiyuma Elliot moderates.

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December 2019

Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Malcolm Tariq

December 5, 2019 @ 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 2018 Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winner Malcolm Tariq read from his debut poetry collection Heed the Hollow, praised by final prize judge Chris Abani for holding poems that "are lyrically complex, charged, artfully and erotically made. It’s a rare and exciting debut.” Cave Canem faculty Chris Abani, recipient of a Guggenheim Award and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, kicks off the evening with an introductory reading.

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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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