Cave Canem PoetsThursday, June 14, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening of poetry with acclaimed poets and 2018 Cave Canem faculty members Chris Abani, Robin Coste Lewis, and Amber Flora Thomas!
Chris Abani is the recipient of the 2008 PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award for his novel Song for Night. Nigerian-born Chris Abani has published seven books of poems and six works of fiction. About his most recent collection of poetry, There Are No Names for Red (Red Hen Press, 2010), Ronald Gottesman has said, “Chris Abani’s poems remind us of . . . the human capacity for compassion and love in the face of unspeakable cruelty and fiendish conditions.” Library Journal describes his Sanctificum (Copper Canyon Press, 2010) as “explor[ing] place and humor, exile and freedom with poems of experience and imagination.” The Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University, Abani’s additional honors include the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award.
Robin Coste Lewis was born in Compton, California. She received an MFA from New York University and an MTS from the Divinity School at Harvard University. She is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Alfred A. Knopf, 2015), winner of the National Book Award. Lewis has taught at Wheaton College, Hunter College, and Hampshire College. Lewis served as a Provost’s Fellow at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles, where she was appointed Poet Laureate by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Amber Flora Thomas is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. She is the author of the forthcoming Red Channel in the Rupture (2018), The Rabbits Could Sing (2012) and Eye of Water (2005), winner of the 2004 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in Zyzzyva, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. She is an Assistant Professor of English at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.
Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.