Video: Cornelius Eady Reads at Cave Canem 2011
Cornelius Eady has published eight books of poetry — his offering in 2001, Brutal Imagination, was a finalist for the National Book Award — guest-taught at numerous universities, collaborated with jazz composer Deidre Murray in the production of several works of musical theater, and written the libretto for the opera “Running Man,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. At present he is professor of English and the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 1996 Eady partnered with fellow poet Toi Derricotte to start Cave Canem, a community of African-American poets.
On June 23, Cave Canem, in partnership with City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, presented a free reading on Pittsburgh’s Monterey Street. Cornelius Eady read along with Toi Derricotte, Natasha Trethewey, and special guest Amiri Baraka.
Read an interview with Cornelius Eady
Read Sampsonia Way‘s interview with Amiri Baraka.