Mahogany L. Browne to Judge the 2020 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize

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Cave Canem is pleased to announce that Cave Canem fellow Mahogany L. Browne will judge the 2020 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, an annual prize dedicated to the discovery of exceptional chapbook-length manuscripts by Black poets. This year, the entry fee for the competition will be waived for all submissions. The prize is presented in partnership with the O, Miami Poetry FestivalJai-Alai Books, and The Betsy – South Beach in Miami. Submissions will be accepted until September 15.

Mahogany L. Browne is a writer, organizer, and educator. She is the Executive Director of Bowery Poetry Club, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, and Poetry Coordinator at St. Francis College. She has received fellowships from Agnes Gund, Air Serenbe, Cave Canem, Poets House, Mellon Research, and Rauschenberg. Mahogany is the author of Woke: A Young Poets Call to JusticeWoke BabyBlack Girl MagicKissing Caskets, and Dear Twitter. She is the founder of the Woke Baby Book Fair, a nationwide diversity literature campaign, and as an Arts for Justice grantee, is completing her first collection of essays on mass incarceration, investigating its impact on women and children. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The winner of this year’s Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize will receive $500, publication by Jai-Alai Books in 2021, 10 copies of the chapbook, a residency in April at The Writer’s Room at The Betsy – South Beach in Miami, and a featured reading at the O, Miami Poetry Festival. Previous winners include Marissa Davis, Mia S. Willis, Layla Benitez-James, Nick Makoha, and Rio Cortez.