Video: Poet Thomas Sayers Ellis Reads at Cave Canem 2012
On June 21, Cave Canem, in partnership with City of Asylum/Pittsburgh, presented a free reading on Pittsburgh’s Monterey Street where Thomas Sayers Ellis read, along with poets Angela Jackson, Nikky Finney, and Terrance Hayes.
Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, including Skin, Inc.: Identity Repair Poems (Graywolf, 2010) and The Maverick Room (2005), winner of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award and the John C. Zacharis First Book Award. He is the author of The Good Junk (Take Three #1, Graywolf 1996); The Genuine Negro Hero (Kent State University Press, 2001), a chapbook; and the chaplet, Song On (WinteRed Press, 2005).
His work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Grand Street, Tin House, Ploughshares and The Best American Poetry, 1997 and 2001. Co-founder of The Dark Room Collective, he has received fellowships and grants from The Fine Arts Work Center, the Ohio Arts Council, Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.
He is a contributing editor to Callaloo and Poets & Writers, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and a faculty member of The Lesley University low-residency M.F.A program as well as a Cave Canem faculty member.