Cave Canem Poetry Reading: Dana Crum and Several Other Poets
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30pm - 8:00pm
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Hear poems written in “Breaking Line, Building Lyric,” Cave Canem's Fall 2011 Workshop, led by Linda Susan Jackson.
Featured Poets: Dana Crum, Chelsea Fetzer, Cyd Fulton, Robert Gibbons, Cynthia Manick, Vallerie Matos, Azure Osborne-Lee, Idrissa Simmonds, Yolaine St.Fort, Tara Thierry and Monthina Williams.
Free and open to the public.
Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in MFA programs and writing workshops, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Called "the major watering hole and air pocket for black poetry" by poet Nikky Finney, Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and a high-achieving national fellowship of over 300. Its programs include an annual week-long retreat, first and second book prizes with prestigious presses, Legacy Conversations with pre-eminent black poets and scholars, Poets on Craft talks, writing workshops, publications and national readings. Such world-class poets as Elizabeth Alexander and Yusef Komunyakaa number among the organization’s faculty and judges. To date, the organization has published Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (The University of Georgia Press, 2007). For more information, visit cavecanempoets.org.