"...the major watering hole and

air pocket for black poetry."

                                                                                             -Nikky Finney








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December 3, 7 pm: Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Rickey Laurentiis 

December 8, 6:30 pm Grabbing Poetry by Its Throat: A Workshop Reading

In the News

Robin Coste Lewis wins 2015 National Book Award for Poetry

Jacqueline Jones LaMon Elected President

Toi Derricotte to Retire as President: Tribute Fund Established

Tribute Event for Toi Derricotte. View ceremony on YouTube.

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Competition launched!

Donika Ross wins 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer for Digest