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Mark your calendar!


June 17, 10:15 am

Tribute to Toi Derricotte

Join us in celebrating the dedication, artistry, courage and inspirational leadership of Toi Derricotte, Cave Canem’s extraordinary co-founder.


June 15
Application Deadline - Vermont Studio Center Retreat

June 15, 7:30 pm
Poets on Craft with Chris Abani & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon

June 16 & 17, 7:30 pm / June 19, 8 pm
Lightning Rounds: Cave Canem Fellows Read

June 18, 7:30 pm
Cave Canem Faculty Read at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh

In the News



Cave Canem Anthology XIII: 2010-2011, with cover image by William Villalongo, now available from Aquarius Press/Willow Books.



Gregory Pardlo wins 2015 Pulitzer for Digest

Cave Canem Fellows Aracelis Girmay and Roger Reeves win 2015 Whiting Awards for Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander elected to Academy of American Poets’ Board of Chancellors

Five Cave Canem Poets launch #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Terrance Hayes named 2014 MacArthur Fellow

Cave Canem papers acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Library

Furious Flower honors Derricotte, Harper, Komunyakaa & Nelson

Rickey Laurentiis receives 2014 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for Boy with Thorn