Keep Cave Canem in the house: Join our Rent Parties!

Every year, Cave Canem staff raises money from foundations and government sources for programs that are transforming the literary landscape and changing individual lives for the better. Unfortunately, the reality is that grants cover only a small percentage of overhead, including rent, the single most challenging line item in our budget.

Invite a friend (or 10) to join the party
. . . & keep Black poetry in the house!

Thanks to dedicated fellows and volunteers, Cave Canem’s Coast-to-Coast Virtual & Actual Rent Parties have raised $14,587 to date—that’s 73 % of our $20,000 goal!
We’re thrilled with the support we’ve received thus far— but we still need your help today! Visit our fellows’ IndieGoGo sites to contribute and receive distinctive perks—and don’t stop there! Share our message with your personal network—every email, tweet, share, like, comment & virtual high-five brings us closer to paying Cave Canem’s $45,000 rent bill in 2014!

Ready to donate now? Thank you!
Click here to go to our PayPal page.

Cave Canem Brooklyn
Virtual Rent Party: February 1, 2014 – March 31, 2014
Click here for details & perks.

For their generous support, Cave Canem thanks:
Olympia Wine Bar
54 Jay Street (Water & Plymouth Streets)
DUMBO, Brooklyn

Trader Joe’s
Brooklyn, New York

Rent Party - South
Virtual Rent Party: February 1, 2014 – March 31, 2014
Click here for details and perks.

Rent Party - Westside Edition (LA)
Virtual Rent Party: January 31 – March 31, 2014
here for details and perks!

Your $10-$24 donation buys a ticket to: 
Actual Rent Party: February 23, 2014
6 pm – 9 pm
Art Share Los Angeles
801 E 4th PL
Los Angeles, CA

Rent parties began in Harlem in the 1920s when cash-strapped Uptown residents devised creative ways to pay discriminatory rental rates on low salaries. Party hosts opened their homes, and in exchange for a small cover charge, prepared food and provided live entertainment. Together, party goers defeated eviction while eating, drinking, dancing and socializing for much less than what they’d pay for a night on the town. Everybody won!

Cave Canem’s coast-to-coast Virtual & Actual Rent Parties revive the Harlem-style rent party with poetry at its core! Join the fun and help us raise $20,000 to keep our cherished home for Black poetry in the house.

When you give, you will have our deep gratitude, receive distinctive perks, and most importantly, have the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference to the future of American poetry.