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October 1, 6:30 pm
Book Launch: Mahogany L. Browne

Come hear the “rich and unapologetic work (Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz)” of Mahogany L. Browne’s new collection, Redbone (Willow Books, 2015). A Nuyorican Poets Café host and Cave Canem fellow, she is the editor of His Rib: Stories, Poems & Essays by HER and the author of two previous books of poems. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.  

Cave Canem
20 Jay Street
Suite 310-A
Brooklyn, NY 11201

October 3, 7:30 pm
Hispanic Heritage at the Brooklyn Museum: Cave Canem Poets Read

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at one of New York City’s most diverse and creative urban centers with readings by faculty member Willie Perdomo and fellows Elizabeth Acevedo and Rio Cortez. Perdomo is the author of three collections of poetry, including The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon, praised by Chris Abani as a book that “allows all of us to re-imagine the best and worst moments of our own lives.” A National Poetry Slam Champion, Acevedo’s poem “La Ciguapa” won Lock Horn Press’s 2015 Publication Prize. A recipient of Poets & Writers’ Amy Award, Cortez’s work appears in the anthology Chorus: A Literary Mixtape and elsewhere.  Free and open to the public.

Arrive early to view Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World, the first U.S. exhibition to present the artistís work within both its New and Old World contexts.

Brooklyn Museum
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

October 15, 7 pm                                         
2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading: Jonathan Moody
Introduction and Reading by Frank X Walker, Competition Judge

Join us for a reading by Jonathan Moody, author of Olympic Butter Gold, selected by Frank X Walker and Parneshia Jones for the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. Of Moody, Jones writes, “Give him a story…or a reason to tell the truth and stand back for an explosion of diction so close to the smooth bone that rereading the page is highly recommended.”

New York University
Lillian Vernon House
58 W. 10th Street
New York, NY 10003

October 19, 7:30 pm
Ai Tribute Reading

Celebrate the life and work of Ai (1947-2010), called “all woman—all human” by Anne Sexton. The author of seven collections of poetry, including Vice: New and Selected Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, 1999), winner of the 1999 National Book Award for Poetry, Ai was known for stark dramatic monologues delivered by re-imagined historical figures. Her always compelling, sometimes controversial oeuvre earned her an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, the Lamont Poetry Award and a Guggenheim fellowship. Featuring Eisa Davis, Timothy Donnelly, Rigoberto Gonzalez, Joy Harjo, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sapphire, Patricia Smith, and Susan Wheeler. This event is co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets; The Graduate Center, CUNY; the NYU Creative Writing Program; the Poetry Society of America; and Poets House. Free and open to the public.  

The Graduate Center
365 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

October 29
Cave Canem at University of Missouri-Columbia: Tyehimba Jess
& F. Douglas Brown

Craft Talk: 2:30 pm
Circularities: Visions of Poetry, History and Art
Through a consideration of fiction, poetic form, history and biography, Tyehimba Jess asks how Blacks fresh out of slavery wrestled with the notion of creativity, independence and freedom. Free and open to the public.

Reading: 7:30 pm
F. Douglas Brown, author of Zero to Three (University of Georgia Press, 2014), selected for the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize by Tracy K. Smith, teams up with Tyehimba Jess for a dynamic reading. Of Brown’s debut collection, Smith writes, “His lines move with a buoyant, marrow-deep music, percussive and rich.” Jess’s first book of poems, leadbelly, was a 2004 National Poetry Series selection. Olio (Wave Books, April 2016), his forthcoming collection, imagines the lives of late-19th century black blues musicians. Free and open to the public.

University of Missouri-Columbia
Tate Hall
519 S. 9th St, Room 215
Columbia, MO 65211