On Saturday, August 4, as part of their First Saturdays event series, the Brooklyn Museum will host a night of poetry with Cave Canem poets Rico Frederick, Erica Mapp, and Camille Rankine to celebrate the works of Caribbean communities. The event is free and open to the public, and with a such a strong lineup of poets, it’s one you’ll certainly want to attend.
Cave Canem, founded in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady, is a foundation meant to “remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape.” All three poets reading on Saturday are Cave Canem Fellows or Honorary Fellows living in New York. Rico Frederick, originally from Trinidad, is the author of Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014). Erica Mapp, also from Trinidad, is working on a poetry manuscript based on the paintings of Vincent van Gogh and another manuscript about the need to preserve the Caribbean rain forest. She has been published in a number of anthologies and periodicals. And finally, Camille Rankine, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, is the author of Incorrect Impulses (Copper Canyon Press, 2016) and the chapbook Slow Dance with a Trip Wire (Poetry Society of America, 2011).
When: Saturday, August 4, 8:30pm–9:30pm
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)