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An Afternoon of Poetry: Readings by Cave Canem Poets, featuring Evie Shockley and Steven Leyva

Join us the Enoch Pratt Free Library for the annual Cave Canem poetry reading featuring local Cave Canem fellows.

Hosted by Reginald Harris from Poets House, New York City. Presented in partnership with CityLit Project.This year's program will feature readings by Evie Shockley and Steven Leyva.

Registration information on the Pratt Library event page

Click here to purchase The Understudy’s Handbook by Steven Leyva

Click here to purchase Semiautomatic by Evie Shockley

Steven Leyva was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in 2 Bridges ReviewScalawagNashville Review, jubilat, Vinyl, Prairie Schooner, and Best American Poetry 2020. He is a Cave Canem fellow and author of the chapbook Low Parish and author of The Understudy’s Handbook which won the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize from Washington Writers Publishing House. Steven holds an MFA from the University of Baltimore, where he is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design.

Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, poet Evie Shockley earned a BA at Northwestern University, a JD at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in English literature at Duke University. The author of several collections of poetry, including a half-red sea (2006) and the new black (2011), Shockley is also the author of the critical volume Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (2011). Her poetry and essays have been featured in several anthologies, including Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (2009), Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook (2010), A Broken Thing: Contemporary Poets on the Line (2011), and Contemporary African American Literature: The Living Canon (2013).

ASL interpretation will be available to attendees.

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.






Event Details

Sunday, December 6, 2020 - 2:00pm



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