F184. Black Women As (Keepers of) the Archive: Photographs, Hybrid and Historical Text, Sponsored by Cave Canem

Grand Ballroom A, Kansas City Convention Center, Level 2
Friday, February 9, 2024
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


These five Black women writers have crafted works that center those most often removed from history or those that are splayed across it as specimen, silent and reluctant. Hybrid texts help illuminate the forgotten and missing or can create a collage of the living, serving as rescue and reclamation. The poets featured here have embodied, reckoned with, and reinvented the archive: sometimes they raise the dead, sometimes they build a spectacular future, but they always refuse to look away.

This event will take place in person in the Kansas City Convention Center and will be livestreamed for virtual audiences. All livestreamed events include open captions and ASL interpretation.



A Cave Canem fellow and Affrilachian Poet, Remica Bingham-Risher's most recent books are Room Swept Home (Wesleyan, 2024) and Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books and Questions that Grew Me Up (Beacon, 2022). She is the director of Quality Enhancement Plan Initiatives at Old Dominion University.

Courtney Faye Taylor is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022), which won the Cave Canem Prize and the Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America and the T. S. Eliot Foundation. It was a finalist for the NAACP Image and Lambda Literary awards.

Bettina Judd's research focus is on Black women's creative production and feminist thought. Her most recent book is Feelin: Creative Practice, Pleasure, and Black Thought. Her collection of poems PATIENT, won the 2013 Black Lawrence Press Hudson Book Prize. She is currently assistant professor of gender, women, and sexuality studies at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Robin Coste Lewis is the author of To the Realization of Perfect Helplessness and Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2022 and 2015). She is a Ford Foundation Scholar-in-Residence at the Museum of Modern Art.

Patricia Smith's most recent books are: Unshuttered, Incendiary Art (Kingsley Tufts, Pulitzer finalist, LA Times Book Prize), Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (Lenore Marshall), and Blood Dazzler (National Book Award finalist). She is an academy chancellor, Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize winner, Guggenheim fellow, and Princeton professor.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center