Cave Canem: A Slideshow of Things Passed for What’s to Come

by Sampsonia Way    /  June 21, 2011  / No comments




Photos © Renee Rosensteel

On Thursday June 23, City of Asylum/Pittsburgh will partner with Cave Canem to host a reading with Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Natasha Trethewey and Amiri Baraka. The event will take place on the 1400 block of Monterey Street at 7:30 PM and, as always, will remain free and open to the public.

This annual free reading was inaugurated in 2010, and the partnership between the two organizations included a series of writers’ workshops in the five COA/P houses on Sampsonia Way. The workshops allowed 54 African-American poets from across the United States to share a sample of their writing with poets Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, and Ed Roberson, among others.

The guest writers who read under a tent at Monterrey Street were Colleen J. McElroy, Carl Phillips, Claudia Rankine, and Sapphire. The event was a resounding success: with each seat under the tent occupied, neighbors and fellow Northsiders caught the free reading from their stoops and chairs they brought from home.

The slideshow above represents a selection of highlights from that wonderful evening.

Contact Laura Mustio to reserve your seats under the tent for this year’s reading, or bring a chair out to the street and join COA/P for what promises to be an excellent evening of poetry and community in Pittsburgh’s Northside.

Visit Pittsburgh’s Literary Calendar for more details.

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Sampsonia Way is an online magazine sponsored by City of Asylum/Pittsburgh that seeks to protect and advocate for writers who may be endangered, to educate the public about threats to writers and literary expression, and to create a community in which endangered writers thrive and literary culture is a valued part of life.

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