"Nine on the Ninth"

30 Americans in Words

Monday, January 9, 2012, 9 p.m.
Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th Street, NW

Suggested donation: $5

In this special edition of "Nine on the Ninth," the monthly poetry series at Busboys & Poets hosted by Derrick Weston Brown, four poets respond to the Corcoran’s exhibition 30 Americans. Poets will read a work of their choosing plus a 30-word poem written expressly for the occasion. Cave Canem Foundation, the national organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets, co-sponsors the event. Cave Canem Foundation was founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady as a home for the many voices of African American poetry.

The Poets

Rachel Eliza Griffiths is a poet and a photographer. She is the author of Miracle Arrhythmia, The Requited Distance, and Mule & Pear. Griffiths teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College.

Bettina Judd is a poet, scholar, and artist. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Southern California. She currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Ernesto Mercer is a Cave Canem Alumni Fellow. A poet, librettist, and multidisciplinary artist, he has performed his work in many venues and is published in various journals.

Mendi Lewis Obadike’s works include Armor and Flesh, The Sour Thunder, an Internet Opera, and two forthcoming books. She is an Assistant Professor in Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute and a poetry editor at Fence Magazine.

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