The Writer’s Block: A Video Q&A with Cornelius Eady

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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.

  1. About The Writer’s Block
  2. The Writer’s Block is an ongoing video series of interviews with visiting writers at City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. In these Q&A’s, conducted on Sampsonia Way, writers sit down with us to discuss literature, their craft, and career.
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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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