Cave Canem AnthologyPoetry
Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20100205
For Black History Month, New Letters on the Air celebrates the poetry of Cave Canem. Founded in 1996 as a retreat and safe haven for black poets, the organization has expanded from a one-week summer workshop in Pennsylvania to sponsoring events and readings across the country, and they now have two book awards. We'll listen to three poets, whose first books were published as a result of winning the Cave Canem Poetry Prize--Natasha Tretheway, Major Jackson, and Kyle Dargan. We'll also revisit the 2008 Cave Canem Symposium, Black Poets Lean South, recorded at the University of Georgia, featuring co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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