S241. CANCELLED: A Reading & Conversation with Cave Canem Prize Winners Major Jackson, Donika Kelly, & Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, Sponsored by Cave Canem

HemisFair Ballroom C3, Henry B. González Convention Center, Ballroom Level
Saturday, March 7, 2020
1:45 pm to 3:00 pm


20 years of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize: past winners read their work and discuss the impact of the prize in the world and in their lives.



Julian Randall is a living queer Black poet from Chicago. A Pushcart Prize nominee, he has received fellowships from Callaloo, BOAAT, and the Watering Hole. Julian is the curator of Winter Tangerine Review’s Lineage of Mirrors and a candidate for his MFA in poetry at Ole Miss.

Major Jackson is the author of five collections, most recently The Absurd Man. A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Jackson is the Richard A. Dennis Professor of English at University of Vermont. He is the editor of Best American Poetry 2019.

Donika Kelly is the author of the chapbook Aviarium and the full-length collection Bestiary, winner of the 2015 Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and long listed for the National Book Award. She is an assistant professor at Baruch College.

Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of ] Open Interval [, a finalist for the National Book Award, and Black Swan, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She has written plays and lyrics for the Cherry, an Ithaca arts collective, and in 2018 her work was featured in Courage Everywhere, celebrating women’s suffrage and the fight for political equality, at National Theatre London.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center