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Cave Canem: Poets on Craft

Cave Canem: Poets on Craft

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
General Public 

Join the School of Writing for an exciting evening of poetry and conversation between poets Brenda Shaughnessy and Jamaal May. Shaughnessy is the author of four collections of poetry, including Interior with Sudden Joy and So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). In a starred review, Publishers Weekly called her Human Dark with Sugar “a brilliant, beautiful and essential continuation of the metaphysical verse tradition.” May is the author of Hum (2013), selected for The Boston Globe’s Best Books of 2013, and Big Book of Exit Strategies (2016), both published by Alice James Books. Of Hum, Natasha Trethewey says, “May has a fine ear, acutely attuned to the sonic textures of everyday experience.”

Fellow Jeremy Michael Clark moderates.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author, most recently, of So Much Synth (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), Human Dark with Sugar (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), winner of the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Interior with Sudden Joy (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999), a Lambda Literary Award, and the Norma Farber First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Bomb, Boston Review, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker and elsewhere. The poetry editor at Tin Housemagazine, Shaughnessy teaches creative writing at Princeton University and Eugene Lang College at The New School.

Jamaal May’s poetry explores the tension between opposites to render a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. He has worked as a hotel “AV guy,” freelance audio engineer/producer, and Inside Out Writer in Residence in Detroit Public Schools. With Tarfia Faizullah, he co-directs OW! Arts, an increasingly multimedia chapbook press founded under the notion that art can pay for the making of more art. His first book of poems, Hum (2013), won Alice James Books’ Beatrice Hawley Award and the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award; the collection was a finalist for the Tufts Discovery Prize and an NAACP Image Award. Additional honors include a Spirit of Detroit Award, the Wood Prize from Poetry, an Indiana Review Prize, and fellowships from Lannan Foundation, The Stadler Center, The Kenyon Review, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. May’s second book of poems, The Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books, 2016), picks up where Hum left off, then wanders farther and wonders further.

Sponsored by The Creative Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation.

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