Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

  • Brooklyn, NY
  • www.cavecanempoets.org

Mission Statement

Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in MFA programs and writing workshops, 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.

Service Areas

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New York

Our primary service area is New York City, where we deliver workshops, readings & panels, and enjoy many collaborations with cultural partners. Our core program, an annual week-long writing retreat, is held in Greensburg, PA; and we also deliver readings and workshops in Pittsburgh. Cave Canem fellows living in cities across the country partner with us to curate and promote readings. Our publications, including two book prizes, serve a national audience of readers, educators and students.

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

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Ms. Alison Meyers

Keywords

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Poetry, African American

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Also Known As

Cave Canem

EIN

13-3932909

 Number

2296850044

Physical Address

20 Jay Street Ste. 310-A

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (A11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Awards garnered by Cave Canem fellows include Bush, Lannan Literary, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships; the American Poetry Review/Honickman First Book Prize; the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award; the Whiting Writers' Award; the NAACP Image Award, and the Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, among many others. Fellows have 150+ books in print across several genres and have gained significant footholds in academic creative writing positions across the country. Ms. Derricotte and Mr. Eady each have received the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers, and in 2008, jointly received the Elizabeth Kray Award from Poets House for service to the field of poetry. Natasha Trethewey, inaugural winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize in 1999, received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 2007. In 2009, founding faculty member Elizabeth Alexander was named Inaugural Poet by President Obama. Our nine core programs include: a three-year fellowship/annual writing retreat, now in its 16th year; first- and second-book prizes with prestigious presses; Legacy Conversations showcasing such poets as Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott; a Poets on Craft series; regional writing workshops; nationally based readings; seven collaborative residencies at such sites as Virginia Center for the Creative Arts; and anthology publication— Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (The University of Georgia Press, 2007).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Six core programs include an annual writing retreat serving 54 emerging African American poets; a first book prize with prestigious presses; a Legacy Conversation series showcasing eminent poets and scholars; regional writing workshops; nationally based readings; and anthology publication. Annual audience of 3,000.

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Service Areas

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New York

Our primary service area is New York City, where we deliver workshops, readings & panels, and enjoy many collaborations with cultural partners. Our core program, an annual week-long writing retreat, is held in Greensburg, PA; and we also deliver readings and workshops in Pittsburgh. Cave Canem fellows living in cities across the country partner with us to curate and promote readings. Our publications, including two book prizes, serve a national audience of readers, educators and students.

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Financials

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CAVE CANEM FOUNDATION INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Cave Canem Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Alison Meyers

BIO

Executive Director of Cave Canem, September 2006-present. Previously, Artistic Director of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival and Director of Marketing & Communications, Hill-Stead Museum, CT. Serves on board of Soul Mountain Retreat, CT. Founding member of RingShout: A Place for Black Literature. Published poet, twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Governance

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