The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Cornelius Eady
On June 18, 2015, Cornelius Eady came to City of Asylum to participate in the fifth annual reading by Cave Canem poets. Along with Toi Dericotte, Cornelius Eady founded Cave Canem, an African American poetry organization, in 1996.
Cornelius Eady is the author of Hardheaded Weather; Brutal Imagination, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; the autobiography of a jukebox; You Don’t Miss Your Water; The Gathering of My Name, nominated for the 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry; BOOM BOOM BOOM; Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, selected for the 1985 Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets by Louise Glück, Charles Simic, and Philip Booth; and Kartunes. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was also awarded with the Prairie Schooner Strousse Award and a Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award.
Before the reading, Cornelius Eady talked to Sampsonia Way about what the future holds for Cave Canem and the “fearlessness” he is witnessing in the organization’s new generation of fellows.