Major Jackson & Tracie Morris

Join Cave Canem and City of Asylum/Pittsburgh as the two organizations come together for their annual collaboration in bringing an extraordinary array of poets to the city for an unforgettable evening!

Major Jackson is the author of five books of poetry, including The Absurd Man, Roll Deep, Holding Company, Hoops, and Leaving Saturn, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize for a first book of poems. His edited volumes include Best American Poetry 2019, Renga for Obama, and Library of America’s Countee Cullen: Collected Poems. He is also the author of A Beat Beyond: The Selected Prose of Major Jackson edited by Amor Kohli. A recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Major Jackson has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and has been honored by the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and the Witter Bynner Foundation in conjunction with the Library of Congress. He has published poems and essays in American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, Orion Magazine, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry London, and The Yale Review. Major Jackson lives in Nashville, Tennessee where he is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Chair in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. He serves as the Poetry Editor of The Harvard Review.

Tracie Morris holds an MFA, a PhD, and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Dr. Morris was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop before joining the Workshop as its first African-American tenured Professor of Poetry. Tracie has presented innovative poetry, performance art and theory in over 30 countries and is the author/editor of 10 books, three forthcoming. University creative fellowships include the Woodberry Poetry Room at Harvard and the Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing at UPenn. She is a Guggenheim Poetry Fellow, a Cave Canem alumna, and former board member and a Master Artist of the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Residencies include Millay, Yaddo and MacDowell colonies. She is also an experimental filmmaker and recording artist. Her installations and performances have been presented by the Whitney Biennial, Dia:Chelsea, The New Museum, The Kitchen Performance Space, Albertine, Furious Flower, Victoria and Albert Museum, Centre Pompidou, among others.

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