Writing Retreat

2014 Cave Canem Retreat – Apply today!




November 1, 5 pm
Dexter Booth: Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading

Celebrate the launch of Dexter Booth’sScratching the Ghost (Graywolf, 2013), recipient of the 2012 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Competition judgeMajor Jackson lauds this debut collection as “poems loyal to their own intrepid logic and reckless plausibility. Yet, . . . here, too, are the melodic laments and remarkable lyric passages of a poet who acknowledges the infinite current of melancholy that underlines his journey.” Dexter is joined by Cherene M. Sherrard and Saeed Jones, awarded honorable mentions for their manuscripts Vixen Country and Prelude to a Bruise, respectively. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

New York University
Lillian Vernon House
58 West 10th Street
New York, NY

November 7, 6:30 pm
New Works: Kwame Dawes, Kamilah Aisha Moon and Roger Reeves

Hear Kwame Dawes, hailed by Elizabeth Alexander as “one of the most important writers of his generation,” read from his 16th book of poetry, Duppy Conqueror: New and Selected Poems (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). He is joined by 2008 Ruth Lilly Fellow Roger Reeves, showcasing selections from his debut collection King Me (Copper Canyon Press, October 2013), and Kamilah Aisha Moon, presenting from She Has a Name (Four Way Books, 2013), a first book of poems described by Natasha Trethewey as “resonant in its grappling.” Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

The New School
Lang Café
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY

November 12, 6:30 pm
Poets on Craft: Nathalie Handal and A. Van Jordan

Join poets Nathalie Handal and A. Van Jordanfor a lively conversation on their own poetry, aesthetics, the role of the contemporary poet and other topical issues. A brief reading by the poets precedes the discussion, and Q & A with the audience follows. Handal is the author of three collections of poetry, including 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award-winner Love and Strange Horses (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), described by Yusef Komunyakaa as “riddled with provocative incantations that verge on a conjuring solidly based in this world and beyond. . . a subtle singing locked inside each poem that raises the stakes.” Jordan is the author of four poetry collections, most recently The Cineaste (W. W. Norton, 2013), hailed as work that “goes beyond memorable speech into an articulation of the spirit, the hunger, the enchantment and terror of a nation and a time” (Laura Kasischke). His other collections include Rise (Tia Chucha, 2001), winner of a 2002 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Quantum Lyrics, and M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, recipient of a 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Award. Described by Terrance Hayes as a “master of the dramatic monologue,” he is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize. Joseph O. Legaspi, author of poetry collections Imago (CavanKerry Press, 2007) andSubways (Thrush Press, 2013), moderates. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.

The New School
Wollman Hall
66 West 11th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY

Listen to Poets on Craft Conversations:
Patrick Rosal & Tracy K. Smith, 2012
Tina Chang & Ross Gay, 2011
Kazim Ali & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, 2010

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