Community Voices: Poets Speak

Every Thursday at 5pm from June 29 – August 10, join us for Community Voices: Poets Speak, Bay Area Cave Canem poets reflect on themes of our current exhibition. Now on view, The Ease of Fiction presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact and fiction. The readings and discussion of original work will take place in the gallery for a maximum of 30 minutes. The series culminates with a reception and an evening of poetry by the participating poets, along with Arisa White and James Cagney, on Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8pm. Free Admission.

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.

Community Voices: Poets Speak is curated by Arisa White, poet, writer & educator.

This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.

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SCHEDULE (for more information click on program dates)

June 29

Alyss Dixson grew up in Portland, Oregon. She received the 2015 Joseph Henry Jackson award in fiction and is writing a collection entitled Fukuoka Woman. She has publications in The Callaloo Journal, Day One, and The Atlantic. She studied at Yale, Columbia and San Francisco State. She also makes movies.

July 6

Charif Shanahan is the author of Into Each Room We Enter without Knowing (SIU Press, 2017), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. His poems and translations have appeared in numerous publications, including Baffler, Boston Review, Callaloo, Literary Hub, New Republic, Poetry International, Prairie Schooner, and A Public Space. A two-time Puschart Prize nominee, he is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Cave Canem Foundation, the Frost Place, the Fulbright Program/IIE, Millay Colony for the Arts, and Stanford University, where he is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry.

July 13

DéLana R.A. Dameron is a writer and arts and culture administrator living in Brooklyn, NY. Dameron is the author of Weary Kingdom (2017) and her debut collection How God Ends Us was selected by Elizabeth Alexander for the 2008 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize.

July 20

Raina J. León is the author of three collections of poetry, Canticle of Idols, Boogeyman Dawn, sombra: (dis)locate (2016) and the chapbook, profeta without refuge (2016). She has received fellowships and residencies with Macondo, Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Montana Artists Refuge, the Macdowell Colony, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, among others. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts.

July 27

Current Poet Laureate of Sacramento, Indigo Moor is the author of three books of poetry: Tap-Root (Main Street Rag, 2006), Through the Stonecutter’s Window (Northwestern University Press, 2010), and In the Room of Thirsts & Hungers (Main Street Rag, July 2017). His stage play, Live! at the Excelsior, was a finalist for the Images Theatre Playwright Award and has been optioned for a full-length film. Indigo is the Artist in Residence for 916 ink and on the advisory board for the Sacramento Poetry Center.

August 3

George Higgins is an Oakland poet and actor. His first book There, There was published by White Violet Press. His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Pleiades, Nimrod, Poetry Flash, Salamander and Fugue,among others. He has an MFA from Warren Wilson College where he was a Holden Fellow. A Cave Canem fellow and a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop participant, he performs completely improvised one-act plays with the improv troupe the (i)ncidentalists in the Glenview district of Oakland.

August 10

devorah major served as San Francisco’s Third Poet Laureate (2002-2006). She has five poetry books, the most recentl titled and then we became. major has two biographies for young adults, a host of short stories, essays, and individual poems published in anthologies and periodicals as well as two novels. She is Poet-in-Residence at San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums, and as a Senior adjunct professor at California College for the Arts. devorahmajor.com

August 17

For the past seven weeks, every Thursday at 5pm from June 29 – August 10, we have presented Community Voices: Poets Speak, where Bay Area Cave Canem poets reflected on themes of our current exhibition. Now on view, The Ease of Fiction presents the work of four African artists living in the United States as the foundation of a critical discussion about history, fact and fiction. The readings and discussion of original work took place in the galleries. The series culminates today with a reception and an evening of poetry by the participating poets, along with Arisa White and James Cagney, on Thursday, August 17, 6-8pm.

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