"...the major watering hole and

air pocket for black poetry."

                                                                                             -Nikky Finney









Donate to the Toi Derricotte Tribute Fund!

Perpetuate Cave Canem co-founder’s legacy of building an enduring home for Black poetry. Your gift underwrites free retreat tuition for all fellows and supplements room-and-board scholarships for 60% of participants.


Mark your calendar!

October 15, 7:00 pm - Cave Canem/Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize Reading
October 19, 7:30 pm - Ai Tribute Reading

In the News

Jacqueline Jones LaMon Elected President
Toi Derricotte to Retire as President: Tribute Fund Established
Tribute Event for Toi Derricotte. View ceremony on YouTube.
Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Competition launched!
Donika Ross wins 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize
Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer for Digest