March 23, 2011

Advance Notice

Cave Canem poets set for reading

Poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady will give a free reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library.

Some books and a limited-edition broadside will be available for purchase and signing at the reading, which is open to the public.

The two noted poets co-founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization fostering the talents of African American poets.

"It is no accident that the first Cave Canem prize went to Emory’s own Natasha Trethewey, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize,” says Kevin Young, curator of literary collections and the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL).

Derricotte won the 1998 Paterson Poetry Prize; the 1998 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Non-Fiction for her literary memoir, "The Black Notebooks” (1997); and was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is working on a new book of poetry, "The Undertaker’s Daughter,” and is a professor in the creative writing department at the University of Pittsburgh.

Poet and playwright Eady is the author of eight books of poetry; was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; and at Pulitzer Prize nominee for "The Gathering of My Name” (1991). He is the Miller Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The event is part of the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series, whose theme for this season is "Duets.” Series sponsors are MARBL, the Hightower Fund and Emory’s Creative Writing Program.

For more information, call 404.727.6887, visit MARBL.

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