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 Kyle Dargan, Joel Dias-Porter, and Venus Thrash. These three accomplished poets will read from and discuss their recent work and the whys and hows of what they do.
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.
Joel Dias-Porter (aka DJ Renegade) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and a former professional DJ. From 1994- 1999 he competed in the National Poetry Slam, and was the 1998 and 99 Haiku Slam Champion. His poems have been published in; Time Magazine, The Washington Post, Best American Poetry 2014, Mead, POETRY, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Antioch Review, Red Brick Review, Asheville Review, Beltway Quarterly and the anthologies Gathering Ground, Love Poetry Out Loud, Meow: Spoken Word from the Black Cat, Short Fuse, Role Call, Def Poetry Jam, 360 Degrees of Black Poetry, Slam (The Book), Revival: Spoken Word from Lollapallooza, Poetry Nation, Beyond the Frontier, Spoken Word Revolution, Catch a Fire, and The Black Rooster Social Inn. In 1995, He received the Furious Flower "Emerging Poet Award." Performances include the Today Show, SlamNation, on BET, and the film Slam. A Cave Canem fellow, he has a CD of jazz and poetry entitled 'LibationSong'.
Venus Thrash is the author of The Fateful Apple which was nominated for the 2015 PEN Open Book Award. She’s a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2018 grant recipient. She’s a 2016 fellowship recipient of The Vermont Studio Center and a 2015 Fire & Ink scholar. She’s a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a Literary Seminar in Kenya scholar. She’s co-editor of Beltway Poetry Quarterly and is on the English faculty at Trinity Washington University.