The 2019 Cave Canem Retreat Album!

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Cave Canem’s week-long retreat for Black poets at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg took place June 9 –15, 2019, and brought together writers from diverse poetic traditions. The retreat provided an unparalleled opportunity to study with a world-class faculty, which included Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady, Ruth Ellen Kocher, Dawn Lundy Martin, Willie Perdomo and guest poet Matthew Shenoda. One fellow raved, “I was very inspired by my peers and the faculty and staff. Cave Canem is a blessing, not only to black poets, but to black culture and the world.”

It is our pleasure to introduce this year’s 2019 retreat fellows, new and returning! Below, enjoy the following photo archive capturing highlights from the 2019 retreat!


(Top) Cave Canem faculty members Willie Perdomo (left) and Dawn Lundy Martin (middle) engage in a moderated discussion with fellow Taylor Johnson (right) at the Cave Canem Faculty Reading & Conversation. Dawn Lundy Martin (bottom left) and Willie Perdomo (bottom right) share work during the event. Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson




Fellows Jennifer Falu (top left), Cameron Awkward-Rich (top right), Saleem Hue Penny (bottom left) and Camonghne Felix (bottom right) read their work at a Cave Canem fellows reading. Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson

(Top) Co-founder and acclaimed poet Toi Derricotte reads original poetry and shares thoughts with participants. (Bottom) Board member and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tyehimba Jess presents at the retreat. Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson

Co-founder and faculty member Cornelius Eady performs at City of Asylum/Pittsburg. Photo Credit: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

(Top) Faculty member Ruth Ellen Kocher presents at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh (Bottom) Guest poet Matthew Shenoda delivers a craft talk, entitled On Noticing: Notes on Aesthetic Ambition & the Post-Colonial Poet. Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson

Fellows, faculty, guests and staff pose for a group photo. Photo Credit: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

Fellows take impromptu selfies during the group photo. Photo Credit: City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

A retreat tradition: fellows, faculty, guests and staff convene on Athena steps for a final group photo at week’s end! Photo Credit: Marcus Jackson