Join Cave Canem at 2022 Dodge Poetry Festival

Quenton Baker, Chekwube Danladi, and Anastacia-Reneé's headshots are placed side-by-side in B&W.
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Cave Canem Presents

Anticenter: Black Poetic Composition at the Margins

with Quenton Baker, Chekwube Danladi & Anastacia-Reneé

2022 Dodge Poetry Festival

October 22, 2022 at 11:00-12:10PM
Newark Museum, Billy Johnson Auditorium

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2022 Dodge Poetry Festival is perfect to present opposing aesthetic interests. Cave Canem Fellows consider poetry outside of their region. Quenton Baker, Chekwube Danladi & Anastacia-Reneé bring forth their avant-garde aesthetic interests offering new ways to engage with poetry.

Join us on October 22 at 11am EST for Cave Canem presents Anticenter: Black Poetic Composition at the Margins at the Newark Museum, Billy Johnson Auditorium in New Jersey.

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Quenton Baker is a poet, educator, and Cave Canem fellow. His current focus is black interiority and the afterlife of slavery. His work has appeared in The Offing, Jubilat, Vinyl, The Rumpus and elsewhere. He was a 2019 Robert Rauschenberg Artist in Residence and a 2021 NEA Fellow. He is the author of we pilot the blood (The 3rd Thing, 2021), and the forthcoming ballast (Haymarket, 2023).

Chekwube Danladi is the author of Semiotics (Georgia, 2020), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has received support from Kimbilio Fiction, the Lambda Literary Foundation, Hedgebrook, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Wisconsin Institute from Creative Writing. Her visual work has been commissioned by the Center for Afrofuturist Studies (a program of PS1), Already Felt: Poetry in Revolt and Bounty, Langer/Dickie, and the Black Poetry Review. She is the 2022-25 Writer-in-Residence at Occidental College and lives in Los Angeles.

Anastacia-Reneé is a writer, educator, interdisciplinary artist, TEDx Speaker and podcaster. She is the author of (v.) (Black Ocean) and Forget It (Black Radish) and, Here in the (Middle) of Nowhere and Side Notes from the Archivist forthcoming from Amistad (an imprint of HarperCollins). Renee was selected by NBC News as part of the list of “Queer Artist of Color Dominate 2021’s Must See LGBTQ Art Shows.” She was former Seattle Civic Poet (2017-2019), Hugo House Poet-in-Residence (2015-2017) and Arc Artist Fellow (2020). Her work has been published widely.



This program is supported, in part, by the Rona Jaffe Foundation.