The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Amber Flora Thomas
On June 18, 2015, Amber Flora Thomas came to City of Asylum to participate in the fifth annual reading by Cave Canem poets. Cave Canem, an African American poetry organization, was founded by Toi Dericotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996.
Amber Flora Thomas is the author of The Rabbits Could Sing and The Eye of Water, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has been the recipient of the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize from Rosebud Magazine, the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize, and an individual artist grant from the Marin Arts Council. Amber Flora Thomas read with Willie Perdomo and Cornelius Eady in the Alphabet City Tent on Sampsonia Way.
Before the reading, Amber talked to Sampsonia Way about the expectations she faces as a woman of color and a black poet, and how Cave Canem has influenced her work. She also provided some advice to young writers.