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Three-day conference to celebrate African-American poetry

Author: Arts and Letters


The Creative Writing Program at the University of Notre Dame will host “Gathering Ground: 10 Years of Cave Canem,” a poetry conference celebrating the national community of African-American poets, as well as contemporary African-American poetry and poetics, March 7 to 9 (Wednesday to Friday) in the McKenna Hall auditorium.

Arnold Rampersad, professor of English and the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, will deliver the keynote address at 8p.m. March 7.

Rampersad, who also serves as senior associate dean for the humanities at Stanford, is the author of “Jackie Robinson: A Biography,” “The Life of Langston Hughes,” “The Art and Imagination of W.E.B. DuBois,” and co-author of “Days of Grace: A Memoir.” He currently is working on a biography of Ralph Ellison.

A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Philosophical Society, Rampersad specializes in 19th and 20th century American literature, the literature of the American South, American and African-American autobiography, race and American literature, and the Harlem Renaissance.

A complete schedule of events, including talks by Yusef Komunyakaa, Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, Ross Gay, John Keene, Opal Moore, Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Ivy Wilson, is available at .

Founded in 1996, Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African-American poetry.

Conference co-sponsors include the Henkels Visiting Scholar Series, Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, Office of the Provost, Office of Research, Gender Studies Program, Department of English and Department of Africana Studies.

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on February 27, 2007.