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Cave Canem: Emerging Black Poets Reading in NYC
April 29, 2014 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Cave Canem: Poetry Reading w/Reginald Flood, Roxane Beth Johnson & Amber Flora Thomas
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Room I202, New York, NY 10011
Reginald Flood is a native of south central Los Angeles who now lives in a small town in southeastern Connecticut with his family. Recent publications include “Body Parts: Invisibility, Activism and the Poetics of Labor in The History of Mary Prince,” The Griot: The Journal of African American Studies and poems in Mythium, Hampton-Sydney Review and African American Review. His first collection of poems Coffle was published by Willow Books last year. He is an associate professor of English and Coordinator of African American Studies at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he teaches composition, African American literature and creative writing. Reginald is a 2013 National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow in Poetry and was granted a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Fellowship to attend Don’t Deny My Voice, Reading and Teaching African American Poetry at the University of Kansas last summer. He is a Cave Canem fellow.
Roxane Beth Johnson is a freelance writer and editor living in Oakland, California. Her first book of poetry is Jubilee. Her second book is Black Crow Dress. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from Cave Canem, The MacDowell Colony and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her work has appeared in: The Harvard Review, The Georgia Review, Image, Callaloo, Beloit Poetry Journal, Chelsea and elsewhere.
Amber Flora Thomas is the recipient of several major poetry awards, including the Dylan Thomas American Poet Prize, Richard Peterson Prize and Ann Stanford Prize. Her published work includes Eye of the Water: Poems, which won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and The Rabbits Could Sing: Poems. Most recently, her poetry has appeared in Zyzzyva, Callaloo, Orion Magazine, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications. She received her MFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 1998. Currently, she is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at the East Carolina University.