Video: Cornelius Eady Reads at Cave Canem 2011

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Cornelius Eady reading at Cave Canem 2011

Cornelius Eady reading at Cave Canem 2011. Photo: Rachel Eliza Griffiths

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.

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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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