• Video: Amiri Baraka Reading at Cave Canem 2011

    Amiri Baraka reads four of his poems: “In Town,” “Lowkus,” “Play Dat,” and “Who Blew Up America?” On June 23 Baraka joined poets Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady and Natasha Trethewey for a joint reading by Cave Canem and City of Asylum Pittsburgh.

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    Black History Month

    Carter G. Woodson, founder of Black History Month, spent most of his life collecting Black writings and artifacts to educate about African Americans’ impact on history. Likewise, in celebration of Black History Month, Sampsonia Way recognizes the African American authors who have contributed their transformative words to our pages.

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    Poet of the Week: Toi Derricotte

    This week’s featured poet is Toi Derricotte. As both a nationally-recognized poet and English professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Derricotte co-founded Cave Canem and serves on the board of directors for City of Asylum/Pittsburgh. Cave Canem offers a home for African-American poetry and aims to help colored poets grow both artistically and professionally.

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