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Thursday, October 9, 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
In 1996, poets Cornelius Eady and Toi Derricote founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization serving black poets and acting as a safe space for intellectual engagement and critical debate. Toi Derricote’s books include The Undertaker's Daughter; Tender, winner of the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; Captivity; Natural Birth; and The Empress of the Death House. She is also the author of a literary memoir, The Black Notebooks, which won the 1998 Annisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction. Her honors include the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, the Distinguished Pioneering of the Arts Award from the United Black Artists, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Cornelius Eady is the author of books including Hardheaded Weather; Brutal Imagination, finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox; You Don't Miss Your Water; The Gathering of My Name; BOOM BOOM BOOM; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze; and Kartunes. His honors include the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Thursday, October 16, 4:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
Professor Cheryl Wall is the author of Worrying the Line: Black Women Writers, Lineage, and Literary Tradition and Women of the Harlem Renaissance , and the editor of Changing Our Own Words: Criticism, Theory, and Writing by Black Women. She has edited two volumes of writing by Zora Neale Hurston for the Library of America – Novels and Short Stories and Folklore, Memoirs and Other Writings – as well as two volumes of criticism on Hurston's fiction: "Sweat": Texts and Contexts and Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Casebook. She is the Board of Governors Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English at Rutgers University.
Tuesday, November 11, 4:00pm
Yale Collection of American Literature Reading Series
Mark Strand is the author of numerous books of poems, including Blizzard of One, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Man and Camel; Dark Harbor; The Continuous Life; The Story of Our Lives; and Reasons for Moving. He has also published books of prose, volumes of translation, monographs on contemporary artists, and books for children. His honors include the Wallace Stevens Award, the Bollingen Prize, the Bobbit Prize, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Edgar Allen Poe Prize, and a Rockefeller Foundation award, as well as fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the MacArthur Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation.