Events

October 10, 2018 (All day)

Co-Lab and Reading with Jonah Mixon-Webster

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October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Black Ecstatic

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November 14, 2018 (All day) to November 15, 2018 (All day)

Reading and Conversation with Tracy K. Smith

Q&A with Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Tracy K. Smith
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January 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Terrance Hayes and Rickey Laurentiis

Reading and Q&A with Rickey Laurentiis and Terrance Hayes.
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March 20, 2019 (All day)

Masterclass with Claudia Rankine

A masterclass with poet and scholar Claudia Rankine.
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March 21, 2019 - 7:00pm

An Evening with Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems

Reading, Lecture, and Discussion with Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems.
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Past Center Events

June 16, 2018 - 6:30pm

Because Blackness Like Poetry Means Many Things: Celebrating Cave Canem

“Blackness like poetry means many things,” Terrance Hayes said at the National Book Awards in 2016, when Cave Canem won the NBA’s Literarian Award. Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to “remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape,” Cave Canem has grown to become one of the most influential poetry organizations in the world. Join us for performances by four of Cave Canem's 400+ fellows—Samiya Bashir, Eisa Davis, Ruth Ellen Kocher, and avery r. young. Co-sponsored by the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Read more »
May 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Gallery Conversation: Black Representation in ‘Deana Lawson’

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May 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

From Body to Flesh: Intersections of poetry, visual art and dance with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

An interactive workshop at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Read more »
March 1, 2018 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Carl Phillips and Laylah Ali | A Reading, Lecture, and Conversation

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January 18, 2018 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Fred Moten and Latoya Ruby Frazier | A Reading, Lecture, and Conversation

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November 8, 2017 - 7:30pm

Black Futures: Mosley, Doyle, Harris, Kearney, and Wilson | Poets Honor Thaddeus Mosley

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October 3, 2017 (All day) to October 4, 2017 (All day)

Black Futures: LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Renee Gladman, John Keene, & Val Jeanty

Featuring writers Renee Gladman and John Keene; writer, vocalist and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs; and "Afro-Electronica" composer/percusionist/turntablist Val Jeanty. Thanks to our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, and to support from the Charles Crow Foundation. Read more »
June 17, 2017 (All day) to June 18, 2017 (All day)
Six dynamic young poets come together to present their work as part of the next generation of black poetry.

The Next Generation of Black Poets: Cave Canem Fellows and Friends

Six dynamic young poets come together to present their work as part of a next generation of black poetry. Read more »
April 11, 2017 - 8:15pm to April 12, 2017 - 10:00pm

Alt(e)ar: A Multimedia Installation & Performance

New York based visual artist Aya Rodriguez-Izumi and California based interdisciplinary artist Kiki Williams team up for two showings. Read more »
April 4, 2017 - 6:30pm to April 5, 2017 - 8:30pm

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving

Sites of Memory: A Language for Grieving will feature the internationally acclaimed poet M. NourbeSe Philip; Sonya Posmentier, Assistant Professor of English at NYU; and Ibrahima Seck, academic director of the Whitney Plantation, a “site of memory” focused on the lives of the enslaved people who lived and worked there. Thanks to the Race, Poetics, Empire focal area of the English Department and our community partner, the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. Read more »