S149. Cave Canem and The Importance of Black Literary Archive

Room 2215A, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Saturday, February 10, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


The archives of Black literary organizations are wellsprings of inspiration for aspiring writers, scholars, and activists. The works and archival collections of luminaries like Cornelius Eady, Toi Derricotte, Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, Yusef Komunyakaa, and more serve as guiding stars, illuminating paths of creativity and activism. Their archival collections document style, method, as well as their creative processes, and the historical context in which they lived. With The Cave Canem Foundation Records held at the Beinecke Library and a current oral history project underway, this panel will explore the multifaceted importance of Black literary archival collections, emphasizing their role in preserving organizational history, cultural heritage, promoting diversity and inclusivity, and empowering communities through literary works.



Dante Micheaux

Tyehimba Jess

Nancy Kuhl

Angela D. Stewart


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center