Cave Canem at The New School Presents: r. erica doyle, Bertram, Bianca Spriggs and Marcus Wicker

6:30 p.m.

Cave Canem, the premier venue for African-American poetry, presents an ongoing series of readings and discussions with their authors.

  • r. erica doyle is the author of proxy. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers. She is an administrator in the NYC public schools and facilitates Tongues Afire: A Free Creative Writing Workshop for queer women and trans and gender nonconforming people of color.
  • Bianca Spriggs, affrilachian poet and Cave Canem fellow, Spriggs is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Lexington, Kentucky. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Kentucky, she holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin.  Bianca is the author of two collections of poetry, "Kaffir Lily" (Wind Publications) and "How Swallowtails Become Dragons," (Accents Publishing), and she currently serves as managing editor for pluck! The Affrilachian Journal of Arts and Culture.
  • Marcus Wicker’s first book Maybe the Saddest Thing, was selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series and is forthcoming from Harper Collins in 2012. The recipient of a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, he has also held fellowships from Cave Canem, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Indiana University where he received his MFA. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana.

Moderated by Cave Canem. 

Sponsored by The School of Writing at The New School and Cave Canem Foundation.


Lang Café, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, ground floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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