[Blackstudies-l] New Cave Canem President
lima at geneseo.edu
Wed Oct 7 15:50:38 EDT 2015
The Adelphi University Creative Writing MFA is proud to congratulate our
Jacquline Jones LaMon
on her election as president of Cave Canem.
A Cave Canem fellow, LaMon has served on the organization’s board of
directors since 2009 and chaired the Development Committee, 2013 to 2015.
She is the author of two collections of poems, *Last Seen*, a Felix Pollak
Poetry Prize selection, and *Gravity, U.S.A.*, recipient of the Quercus
Review Press Poetry Series Book Award. Her novel, *In the Arms of One Who
Loves Me*, was published by Ballantine Books.
Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, Cave Canem is a
home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to
cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
Called ʺthe major watering hole and air pocket for black poetryʺ by 2011
National Book Award winner and faculty member Nikky Finney, the
organization’s programs include an annual week‐long retreat, first‐and
second‐book prizes with prestigious presses, Legacy Conversations with
distinguished black poets and scholars, Poets on Craft talks, a lecture
series, community‐based writing workshops, publications and national
readings. Such pre‐eminent poets as Elizabeth Alexander, Terrance Hayes,
Natasha Trethewey, Chris Abani, Harryette Mullen, Yusef Komunyakaa and
Claudia Rankine number among the organization’s faculty and judges.
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