From a childhood in Fairfield, California - which is between San Francisco and Sacramento - to winning the Cave Canem
poetry prize for 2003's The Body's Question and on to being awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her most recent collection, Life on Mars, Smith has shown a singular focus and dedication to her craft.
Gibbons has studied with such master poets as Cornelius Eady, Marilyn Nelson, Klmiko Hahn, and Nathalie Handal, and has participated in workshops at Cave Canem
and the 92Y.
She was a first year, 1996, participant of Cave Canem
, a writing retreat for Black poets.
Alleyne is a Cave Canem
graduate, and is originally from Trinidad and
Smith is the author of the memoir Ordinary Light and three books of poetry: Life on Mars, which received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize; Duende, recipient of the 2006 James Laughlin Award; and The Body's Question, which won the 2002 Cave Canem
She is the recipient of many fellowships including Cave Canem
Foundation and The Millay Residency.
Jones is a member of the Aifrilachian Poets, a collective of Black voices from Appalachia, and serves on the board of Cave Canem
Editors Dewey (Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus) and Rifkin (Georgetown University) gather US contributors in English, literature, and poetics to explore the ways in which friendships conducted inside poetic communities, such as Flarf and the African American writers' retreat called Cave Canem
, both reflect and seek alternatives to the factors that constrain the gendering of poetic voice, authority, and social positioning.
Some houses had CAVE CANEM
signs, meaning Beware of the Dog.
DONIKA ROSS is a Cave Canem
Fellow and received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.
She turned the bathhouse into Cave Canem
, a restaurant that served ancient Roman dishes and became a hot spot for hipsters.
In the time since, he's balanced out his reputation for being a virtuoso performer with some serious literary accolades, including earning an MFA from Warren Wilson and being Cave Canem