- Phone : 718.858.0000
- Address : 20 Jay Street, Suite 310-A, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Founded in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of black poets poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.
A 501(c)(3) non-profit service organization with administrative and programming headquarters in Brooklyn, NY, Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty, high-achieving national fellowship of over 400, and a workshop community of 900. Since inception, Cave Canem has provided high-quality opportunities for under-served African American poets and, more recently, poets of color, to create and refine new work. Four core New York City programs account for 70% of our budget: workshops serving emerging African American and minority poets from four boroughs; Legacy Conversations with such legendary poets as Rita Dove that historicize contemporary production within a continuum of African American literary achievements; New Works readings showcasing poetry by contemporary African American practitioners; a popular lecture series; and our discourse-expanding Poets on Craft cross-cultural conversations with successful poets in mid-career. Our 17 Cave Canem Poetry Prize-winning collections reach a national readership of thousands.