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Mark your calendar!

July 9, 6 pm

Fall No More: Some Thoughts on the Imagination - A Lecture by Ross Gay

Come hear Gay’s exploration of the role of seeing in visual and literary art.

Reservations recommended.

July 10, 6 pm

Ross Gay launches his new book of poemsCatalog of Unabashed Gratitude, with a reading. Book signing and reception to follow. Free and open to the public.

In the News


Cave Canem Anthology XIII: 2010-2011, with cover image by William Villalongo, now available from Aquarius Press/Willow Books.



Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer for Digest

Cave Canem Fellows Aracelis Girmay and Roger Reeves win 2015 Whiting Awards for Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander elected to Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors

Five Cave Canem Poets launch #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Terrance Hayes named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Cave Canem papers acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Library

Furious Flower honors Derricotte, Harper, Komunyakaa & Nelson

Rickey Laurentiis receives 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Boy with Thorn