New York

Continuing his support of New York's rich literary tradition, in January 2016 Governor Cuomo appointed Yusef Komunyakaa as New York's 11th state poet, taking over for Marie Howe. Throughout his two-year term, the poet laureate promotes and encourages poetry writing throughout New York by giving public readings and talks within the state.

In 2016 Rebecca Black was appointed the poet laureate of Albany, New York. Black is the author of Cottonlandia (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry.

upcoming events

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Dec 08 2017
NYU Emerging Writers Reading Series: Lidia Yuknavitch
Julia Elliott is the author of The Wilds (Tin House Books, 2014), and The New and Improved Romie Futch (Tin House Books, 2015). A reading showcasing the student talent of NYU's graduate Creative Writing Program alongside a headlining guest author. ​
7:00pm
85 East 4th Street
10003 New York, New York
Dec 07 2017
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Natalie Graham
Hear 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize winner Natalie Graham read from her debut collection, Begin With a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), in which final judge Kwame Dawes sees “a poet acutely sensitive to the ways of the body, its betrayals, its pleasures, and its unknowable selves.” Nandi Comer, honorable mention for Tapping Out and Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady kick off the evening with introductory readings. Free and open to the public. Refreshments to follow.
 
A native of Gainesville, Florida, Natalie Graham earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Florida and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Michigan State University as a University Distinguished Fellow. Her poems have appeared in Callaloo, New England Review, Valley Voices: A Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review; and her articles have appeared in The Journal of Popular Culture and Transition. She is a Cave Canem fellow and associate professor of African American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. Begin with a Failed Body, her first full-length collection of poems, won the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize and is forthcoming from University of Georgia Press, September 2017.
 
Nandi Comer received a joint MFA/MA in Poetry and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received fellowships from the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, Vermont Studio Center, and Virginia Center for the Arts. She is a recipient a Write A House Permanent Residency in Detroit award. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Blueshift Journal, Crab Orchard Review, Green Mountains Review, Pluck!, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Indiana Review.
 
Cave Canem co-founder Cornelius Eady was born in 1954 in Rochester, New York. He is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently Hardheaded Weather. His Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets. He has collaborated with jazz composer Diedre Murray in the production of several works of musical theater, including You Don’t Miss Your Water; Running Man, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999; Fangs, and Brutal Imagination, which received Newsday’s Oppenheimer Award in 2002. He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry; a Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Traveling Scholarship; a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy; a Prairie Schooner Strousse Award; and an Elizabeth Kray Award for service to the field of poetry from Poets House. He is Professor of English at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton.
7:00pm to 9:00pm
58 W 10th Street
10003 New York, New York
Dec 07 2017
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Reading: Nandi Comer, Cornelius Eady, and Natalie J. Graham

Nandi Comer has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Arts, Cave Canem, and Callaloo; her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, and several anthologies. Kwame Dawes is the twenty books of poetry, including his most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament (Northwestern University Press, 2017), and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. Co-founder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady is the author of Hardheaded Weather (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2008), Brutal Imagination (2001), and the autobiography of a jukebox (1997), among many others. Natalie J. Graham is the author of Begin with a Failed Body (University of Georgia Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Co-sponsored by the Cave Canem Foundation.

7:00pm
58 West 10th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
10011 New York, New York

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Yusef Komunyakaa
New York poet laureate

Yusef Komunyakaa

Poet Yusef Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech...

poems

poem
Droning a drowsy syncopated tune,
Rocking back and forth to a mellow croon,
     I heard a Negro play.
Down on Lenox Avenue the other night
By the pale dull pallor of an old gas light
     He did a lazy sway . . .
     He did a lazy sway . . .
To the tune o' those Weary Blues.
With his ebony hands on each ivory
poem

for the 43 members of Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Local 100, working at the Windows on the World restaurant, who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center

Alabanza. Praise the cook with the shaven head
and a tattoo on his shoulder that said Oye
poem
Let the aroma of need
waft across the river to New Jersey:

all the snow and hills,
a sky that moves and moves.

I saw a rose in the clouds,
I saw happiness on fire.