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 on Thursday, August 17, 6:30-8pm.
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.
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.
This series is supported in part by Poets & Writers through grants it has received from The James Irvine Foundation and the Hearst Foundations.