Won’t You Celebrate with Me: Poetry and Prose from the Director’s Chair
6:30pm / Saturday, June 15, 2019
Kelly Strayhorn Theater / 5941 Penn Ave
Presented in partnership with the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics (CAAPP) at the University of Pittsburgh
An evening that celebrates extraordinary writers who are also literary and cultural directors, and who happen to be black women. Featuring, Mahogany Browne, Dawn Lundy Martin, Nicole Sealey, and Salamishah Tillet, with moderator Amanda Johnston, this event will particularly honor Nicole Sealey’s work during her tenure as Executive Director and Programs Director of Cave Canem. It will also celebrate Cave Canem’s legacy of fostering fearless writing, providing artistic and professional support, and building a community for writers and readers of contemporary poetry.
Won’t You Celebrate With Me is made possible by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh, The Dietrich School for Arts & Sciences and Cave Canem: A Hope for Black Poetry.
Pay What Makes You Happy! Tickets for this event are available at any price. Simply choose the level that makes you happy—or name your own! All seats are general admission.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mahogany Browne, Artistic Director of Urban Word NYC, co-founder of Black Poets Speak Out,
recipient of Agnes Gund and Rauschenberg fellowships, and author of seven books including Black
Dawn Lundy Martin, Director and co-Founder of the Center for African American Poetry and
Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh and winner of the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for
Good Stock Strange Blood
Nicole Sealey, Executive Director of the Cave Canem Foundation, author of Ordinary Beast, and
2019-2020 Hodder Fellow and Rome Prize Winner in Literature
Salamishah Tillet, Associate Director of the Price Institute at Rutgers University – Newark,
Founding Director of the New Arts Justice Initiative at Express Newark, co-founder of A Long
Walk Home, and author three books including Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in Post-
Civil Rights America
with moderator Amanda Johnston, founder and Executive Director of Torch Literary Arts, co-
founder of Black Poets Speak Out, and author of Another Way to Say Enter