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November 2017
Free

New Works: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Cortney Lamar Charleston and t’ai freedom ford

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The New School, Wollman Hall,
65 West 11th Street
New York, 10011 United States
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Join us for an evening of poetry showcasing new collections by three fabulous poets. Boyce-Taylor is the author of Arrival (Northwestern University Press, 2017), which Patrick Rosal describes as "wise and free and full of the weeping and laughter that might just help you survive." ford's debut collection how to get over (Red Hen Press 2017) was called a "a Live/Lie/Love/Die survival guide for survivors of drug wars and hip hop fantasies" by Tyehimba Jess. Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, which, in the words of D.A.…

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Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading: Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

November 3 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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November 3 New Works

Hear 2016 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize winner Laura Swearingen-Steadwell read from her second book of poems, All Blue So Late, which Pulitzer Prize winner Tyehimba Jess calls "a haunting coming of age; a slow and writhing eruption of womanhood through layers of heat, siren and loss.” Reginald Flood, honorable mention for I Hear Em Say War Is Still Going On In the World, as well as contest judge and Cave Canem president Jacqueline Jones LaMon, begin the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments…

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Poetry Conversations: A Reading

November 7 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in DéLana R.A. Dameron’s workshop “A Street in Brooklyn: Writing into the Urban Landscape” as they share new work written in fall sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.                  

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$10

A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

November 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center,
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, 10128 United States
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Celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks with presentations by Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif and Patricia Smith. Co-sponsored with the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center as part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America’s most influential poets. Purchase tickets here. Event sponsors: Our Miss Brooks: A Centennial Celebration, the Academy of American Poets, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America, Poets House and the Schomburg Center for…

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Writing and Revising in 3-D: A Reading

November 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Join participants in Joel Dias-Porter’s workshop “Writing and Revising in 3-D” as they share new work honed in fall sessions. Free and open to the public. Potluck refreshments served.                

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Bearden’s Odyssey: Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda & Natasha Trethewey

November 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Poetry Foundation,
61 W. Superior St.
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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Inspired by Romare Bearden's 1977 sequence of twenty watercolors, Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden (2017) gathers original poems from thirty-five of the most revered African diaspora poets in the United States. The book's award-winning editors, Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda, join the nineteenth US Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, for a reading and conversation about Bearden and his work. This event is cosponsored with the Poetry Foundation and TriQuarterly Books.              

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December 2017
Free

An Afternoon of Poetry: Readings by Cave Canem Poets featuring Danez Smith

December 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
University of Baltimore, Wright Theater UB Student Center, 5th Floor,,
21 W. Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States
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This annual poetry reading features Danez Smith and Cave Canem fellows Abdul Ali, Teri Cross Davis, Hayes Davis, Alan King, Kateema Lee, Steven Levya, and Sharon Dennis Wyeth. Hosted by Reginald Harris from Poets House, New York City. Co-sponsored by Pratt Library and CityLit. Danez Smith is the author of boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), longlisted for…

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Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Natalie Graham

December 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NYU Lillian Vernon House,
58 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10003 United States
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December 7 New Works

Hear 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Natalie Graham read from her debut collection, Begin With a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), in which final judge Kwame Dawes sees "a poet acutely sensitive to the ways of the body, its betrayals, its pleasures, and its unknowable selves." Nandi Comer, honorable mention for Tapping Out and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow. A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the…

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$10

Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts

December 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Cave Canem Suite 310-A,
20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY United States
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Cave Canem is thrilled to host an anti-racism workshop to engage community building within the arts around issues of racism and equity."Walking the Walk: Poetry, Equity & Anti-Racism in the Literary Arts" is a five-hour integrative anti-racism workshop geared towards leaders working in the literary arts. This workshop intends to impact the programming and work environments of arts institutions by training key administrators in anti-racist language, approaches and understandings. The workshop will be led by poet and social justice advocate,…

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