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Past Center Events

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 Read more »
October 24, 2018 - 6:00pm to October 25, 2018 - 7:00pm

The Black Ecstatic

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October 10, 2018 (All day)

Co-Lab and Reading with Jonah Mixon-Webster

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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 »