Won’t You Celebrate with Me: Poetry and Prose

In celebration of poetry and prose, join respective leaders in the literary field Mahogany Browne, Dawn Lundy Martin, Nicole Sealey and Salamishah Tillet, as they share work and engage in a discussion moderated by Cave Canem Interim Board President, Amanda Johnston.

Browne is the Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, and the author of Black Girl Magic (Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan, 2018) which has been featured in the PBS NewsHour segment, Brief But Spectacular

Johnston is the author of Another Way to Say Enter (Argus House Press, 2017), described by Cave Canem co-founder Toi Derricotte as holding poems that possess “A beautifully crafted, fierce and compelling voice.”

Winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and a 2018 NEA grant for Creative Writing, Martin's most recent collection, Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017), is recognized by Barbara Hoffert as "An important work for sophisticated readers."

Cave Canem Executive Director and 2019 Rome Prize Awardee, Sealey is the author of Ordinary Beast (HarperCollins, 2017), lauded by Claudia Rankine as a "brilliant debut."

Tillet is the Associate Director of the Price Institute at Rutgers University - Newark and author of three books, including Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post–Civil Rights Imagination (Duke Uni. Press, 2012).

This event is hosted by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh (CAAPP) and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater.

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