This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested but not required.
East City Bookshop presents an evening of poetry and conversation with Cave Canem fellows Holly Bass, Kyle Dargan, and Teri Ellen Cross Davis. These three accomplished poets will read from and discuss their recent work and the whys and hows of what they do.
Holly Bass is a multidisciplinary performance and visual artist, writer and director. Her work has been presented at spaces such as the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the Seattle Art Museum, Art Basel Miami Beach (Project Miami Fair) and the South African State Theatre. Her visual art work spans photography, installation, video and performance and can be found in the collections of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the DC Art Bank, as well as private collections. A Cave Canem fellow, she has published poems in numerous journals and anthologies.
Kyle Dargan is the author of the poetry collection Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly/Northwestern UP, 2018), which was longlisted for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in poetry; Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press, 2015); Logorrhea Dementia (University of Georgia Press, 2010); Bouquet of Hungers (University of Georgia Press, 2007); and The Listening (University of Georgia Press, 2003). He has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and he has been a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. He is currently an Associate Professor of literature and Director of creative writing at American University, as well as the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine.
Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, (Gival Press) winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Poetry. She has received fellowships to attend Cave Canem, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, the Community of Writers Workshop, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She is the 2019-2020 HoCoPoLitSo Writer-in-Residence for Howard County, Maryland. Her work can be read in many anthologies and journals including: Not Without Our Laughter: poems of joy, humor, and sexuality and Poetry Ireland Review and Tin House. She is the Poetry Coordinator at the Folger Shakespeare Library.