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Freedom Now! A Celebration of Cave Canem’s 20th Anniversary in Poetry and Song

Meet us uptown at the Schomburg Center to celebrate Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary with an evening-length concert of poetry and music tuned to the times. Helmed by the performance’s artistic director Karma Mayet Johnson and featuring Cave Canem co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Black Arts Movement icon Sonia Sanchez, and a special appearance by New York City-based youth poets, Freedom Now! will draw upon the words of Audre Lorde and Henry Dumas and engage the lasting legacies of Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr. Guest musicians Lisala Beatty, Chris Eddleton, Henry Grimes, Alex Harding and Marvin Sewell join members of the legendary Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber to furnish the piece’s musical foundation.

Purchase your ticket now through Schomburg’s EventBrite Box Office.
$35 General Seating
$30 Schomburg Members
$100 VIP, includes reception & reserved seating

Cave Canem Foundation, Inc. and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Lead Sponsor
Marie-Elizabeth Mali

Sustaining Sponsors
Adelphi University Creative Writing MFA
Hallie S. Hobson
Institute for Research in African-American Studies

Supporting Sponsors
The Center for African American Poetry & Poetics and The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh
Northwestern University Press
NYU Creative Writing Program

Associate Sponsors
92 St Y Unterberg Poetry Center: The Voice of Literature
Graywolf Press: A World of Voices
The New School, MFA Creative Writing Program
Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
Wick Poetry Center, Kent State University

Grace Farms

Official Event Photographer
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Poets & Writers: This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Puffin Foundation, Ltd.

Click here to explore sponsorship opportunities. Call 718.858.0000, or email info[at]ccpoets[dot]org, with the subject line “Freedom Now Sponsorship” for additional information.