February 2, 7 pm
Cave Canem Fellows Off-Site Reading at AWP
20 Cave Canem fellows raise the roof & raise funds for Cave Canem, North America's home for black poetry. Featuring Reginald Dwayne Betts, Derrick Brown, Ama Codjoe, Sharon Dennis Wyeth, Jonterri Gadson, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Niki Herd, Hallie Hobson, Linda Susan Jackson, Marcus Jackson, Brandon Johnson, Bettina Judd, Rickey Laurentiis, Robin Coste Lewis, Jamaal May, Kamilah Aisha Moon, Shelagh Patterson, Kamau Rucker, Nicole Sealey & Wendy S. Walters. Cave Canem fellow Amanda Johnston hosts. $10 suggested donation to benefit Cave Canem.
Charles Sumner School
1201 17th Street Northwest
February 3, 1:30 pm
Prize Winners Choose Prize Winners:
A Cave Canem Reading at AWP with Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey & Gary Jackson
In a reading celebrating the significance of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize—for over a decade a catalyst for the careers of deserving African American poets—Natasha Trethewey, inaugural winner in 1999, book-ends with Gary Jackson, the most recently published recipient. They are joined by Rita Dove and Yusef Komunyakaa, the distinguished judges who chose their manuscripts.
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Road Northwest
February 18, 6:30 pm
Last Seen: Reading & Conversation with Cornelius Eady & Jacqueline Jones LaMon
Cave Canem Co-founder Cornelius Eady joins fellow Jacqueline Jones LaMon for a reading and conversation to celebrate the release of her latest collection, Last Seen (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. Natasha Trethewey calls Last Seen, "a haunting series of poems born of the silence tragedy and loss wedges into our lives...LaMon gives voice to those whose voices have been lost to us." Moderated by Camille Rankine. Reception to follow. $5-10 suggested donation. Wheelchair Accessible.
20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A
Deadline to Apply: Writing Across Cultures with Nathalie Handal
February 24, 7 pm
NOMMO Authors Series: Gary Jackson & Yusef Komunyakaa
2010 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Gary Jackson joins contest judge, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa, for a reading and conversation. The Givens Foundation's NOMMO African American Authors Series has become a fixture on the Twin Cities' cultural landscape for bringing literary excellence to broad and diverse audiences. $10 admission. Tickets can be purchased here. Co-sponsored with The Givens Foundation.
University of Minnesota
Hubert H. Humphrey Center
301 19th Avenue South
February 25, 6:30 pm
Shovel & Fish: Ross Gay & Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Book Release Event
Join Ross Gay and Aimee Nezhukumatathil for a reading & reception to celebrate the release of their new collections of poetry. Ross Gay's second collection, Bringing the Shovel Down, is full of a poetry shaped by "yearning, but also play and scrutiny, melancholy and intensity," says Terrance Hayes, "I might be shocked by the bold, persistent love throughout...if I wasn't so wooed and transformed by it." Dorianne Laux calls the poems of Aimee Nezhukumatathil's new collection Lucky Fish "sensual dreamscapes of allegory and fable, but with a righteous bite and the razor sting of perception."
Program includes special guests Aracelis Girmay, Joseph O. Legaspi & Purvi Shah. John Murillo is emcee and Patrick Rosal DJs. Co-sponsored with Kundiman. Suggested donation $5-10 to benefit Cave Canem & Kundiman. Wheelchair accessible.
20 Jay Street
Reading & Book-Signing: New York Foundation for the Arts, Suite 740
Reception: Cave Canem, Suite 310-A