"Because Blackness Like Poetry Means Many Things": Celebrating Cave Canem

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Presented by The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh AND the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh PA

Jun 16
"Because Blackness Like Poetry Means Many Things": Celebrating Cave Canem

Join us for performances by actor and playwright Eisa Davis and poets Samiya Bashir, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and avery r. young.

 “Blackness like poetry means many things,” Terrance Hayes said at the National Book Awards in 2016, when Cave Canem won the NBA’s Literian Award. Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to “remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape,” Cave Canem has grown to become one of the most influential poetry organizations in the world. Join us for performances by four of Cave Canem’s 400+ fellows—Samiya Bashir, Eisa

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