Cave Canem poets Geffrey Davis, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Arisa White shared new works as part of an ongoing collaboration between Writing at The New School and Cave Canem on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at The New School. The event was hosted in the beautiful Orozco Room, located on the 7th floor of 66 W. 12th Street.
Geffrey Davis grew up in Washington and holds degrees from Oregon State University and The Pennsylvania State University. His work has appeared in Crazyhorse, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Mississippi Review, Nimrod, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere. Davis is recipient of the 2014 Anne Halley Poetry Prize, the 2013 Wabash Prize for Poetry, the 2013 Dogwood Prize in Poetry, the 2012 Leonard Steinberg Memorial/Academy of American Poets Prize, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation. Revising the Storm (BOA Editions), winner of the 2013 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, is his first book of poetry.
Dawn Lundy Martin is the author of A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press 2007), winner of the Cave Canem Prize; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011), which was selected by Fanny Howe for the Nightbook Books Poetry Prize and a finalist for both Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Lambda Literary Award; Candy, a limited edition letterpress chapbook (Albion Books 2011); and The Morning Hour, selected by C.D. Wright for the 2003 Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. Her forthcoming book, Life in a Box is a Pretty Life, will be published by Nightboat Books in 2014. Martin has given lectures on race, gender, and poetics at universities across the country, including most recently, the Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the experimental black poetry and performance group, the Black Took Collective, and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.
Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow, an MFA graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the author of the chapbooks Disposition for Shininess and Post Pardon (which is being made into an opera), as well as the full-length collections Hurrah's Nest and A Penny Saved. Her debut collection, Hurrah's Nest, won the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival Award for poetry and was nominated for a 44th NAACP Image Award, the 82nd California Book Awards, and the 2013 Wheatley Book Awards. Member of the PlayGround writers’ pool, her play Frigidare was staged for the 15th Annual Best of PlayGround Festival. One of the founding editors of HER KIND, an online literary community powered by VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, and the editorial manager for Dance Studio Life magazine, Arisa has received residencies, fellowships, or scholarships from Headlands Center for the Arts, Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Rose O’Neill Literary House, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Hedgebrook, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Prague Summer Program, Fine Arts Work Center, and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is a 2013-14 recipient of an Investing in Artist Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, an advisory board member for Flying Object, and a BFA faculty member at Goddard College; her poetry has been widely published and is featured on the recording WORD with the Jessica Jones Quartet. Arisa is a native New Yorker, living in Oakland, CA, with her partner.