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September 10, 7 pm
Maya Angelou’s Art Collection
Introductory Talk by Gregory Pardlo at 7:30 pm

PardloEnjoy a talk by 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gregory Pardlo, then browse a never-before-seen showcase of 40 works from Maya Angelou’s art collection, including Faith Ringgold’s Maya’s Quilt of Life and works by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Romare Bearden. The exhibition will be on view September 9- 11, and an auction takes place on September 15. Co-sponsored with the Academy of American Poets and Swann Galleries. Free and open to the public.

Swann Galleries, Inc.
104 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010


September 15, 6:30 pm
Millay Colony for the Arts Reading: Rachel Eliza Griffiths and LaTasha Nevada Diggs

Join Millay Colony residents Rachel Eliza Griffiths and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs for an evening of ground-breaking poetry. Griffiths is the author of four collections, most recently, Lighting the Shadow (Four Way Books, 2015), called by Tracy K. Smith “searing and ecstatic.” Diggs’s TwERK (Belladonna, 2013),a Small Distribution Press bestseller, was hailed by Terrance Hayes as a dope jam of diction…subversive, vulnerable, and volatile.” Free and open to the public.

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


September 16, 6:30 pm
Poets on Craft: Timothy Liu and Metta Sáma

A stimulating reading and discussion will keep you in your seats through Q & A, an opportunity to engage deeply with the poets’ innovative, humane work.  The author of eight poetry collections, including Vox Angelica, recipient of the 1992 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, Liu’s most recent book, Don’t Go Back to Sleep (Saturnalia, 2014), was a finalist for the 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Cave Canem fellow Sáma, who has published South of Here (New Issues Press, 2005), a finalist for the Yale Younger Poets Series, and Nocturne Trio (YesYes Books, 2012), “writes with the wildness that only truth knows. (Patricia Jabbeh Wesley).” Cave Canem fellow zakia henderson-brown will moderate the discussion. Book signing and reception follow. Free and open to the public.

The New School
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang College
65 West 11th Street
Room B500
New York, NY 10003


September 18, 6:30 pm
Book Launch: Ana-Maurine Lara

PardloAna-Maurine Lara showcases Cantos, her limited edition, letterpress poetry collection with a reading and presentation of visual art and music by Youmna Chlala and Martin Perna, both contributors to the project. A Cave Canem fellow, Lara received the Joan Shipley Award from the Oregon Arts Commission. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

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


September 24, 7:30 pm
Tribute to Philip Levine

Celebrate the inspirational life and extraordinary literary contributions of Philip Levine (1928-2015), 18th U.S. Poet Laureate; a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets; and recipient of the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize and two fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, among other honors. His many books include The Simple Truth (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004) and What Work Is (Alfred A. Knopf, 1991), which earned him the American Book Award for Poetry. The evening features readings by Kate Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dorianne Laux, Mari L’Esperance, Paul Mariani, Jane Mead, Tomás Q. Morín, Sharon Olds, Tom Sleigh, Gerald Stern, and David St. John. The event will also feature the 21st Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry, Juan Felipe Herrera. The event is co-sponsored by the Academy of American Poets, the NYU Creative Writing Program, the Poetry Society of America and Poets House. Free and open to the public.

Cooper Union
The Great Hall
7 E. 7th St
New York, NY 10003