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Cave Canem at Twenty: Reflections From ’96 November 30, 2016: Recently, I called upon the mild mannered, ferociously enthusiastic cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady. I was curious about his perspective on the last two decades of CC. He shared stories with [...] by

Breaking Bubbles November 21, 2016: “It is difficult to get the news from poetry, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams I have that quote from William Carlos Williams [...] by

Cave Canem’s Twentieth Anniversary November 4, 2016: This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Cave Canem, the organization that calls itself “a home for black poetry,” the organization that, I would argue, has changed the face of [...] by

Journal, Day Five February 10, 2006: From Slam to the Academy—Is It Really That Long a Stretch? I learned a lot about poetry on the stage of the Green Mill, the birthplace of the National Poetry Slam. There, I was able to hone the art [...] by

Journal, Day Four February 9, 2006: the art/ the music/ the vision/ the call/ the love. this alphabet intoxicated, nappyheaded scribbler of verse has been sponsored, many times unwittingly, by the following musicians/writers/artists/ [...] by

Journal, Day Three February 8, 2006: Rev. James Lowery—my favorite poet of the day! I want to send a shout out to Rev. James Lowery, who had the temerity to describe the craven, psycopathic, mendacious, avaricious, cowardly, evilly [...] by

Journal, Day Two February 7, 2006: Hustlin’ the music, blessings of student radio, AACM, etc … Counting on the music to take me there … I lived in Chicago for about 18 years, and while I was there, I had the opportunity to [...] by

Journal, Day One February 6, 2006: Hi! I’m Tyehimba Jess, and I am really glad to host this blog for the next week! It is with deep satisfaction and joy that I am able to announce the first anthology of verse from Cave Canem, an [...] by