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Published on Jan 3, 2011
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Cave Canem Poets on Craft: Kazim Ali and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon
Kazim Ali and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon read from their work and engage in lively conversation about the craft of poetry. Moderated by Camille Rankine, program and communications coordinator at Cave Canem Foundation.
Kazim Ali is the author of two books of poetry, The Far Mosque (Alice James Books), winner of Alice James Books' New England/New York Award, and The Fortieth Day (BOA Editions, 2008). He is also the author of the novel Quinn's Passage (blazeVox books), named one of "the Best Books of 2005" by Chronogram magazine; The Disappearance of Seth (Etruscan Press, 2009); and Bright Felon: Autobiography and Cities (Wesleyan University Press, 2009). He is an assistant professor of creative writing at Oberlin College and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. His work has been featured in Best American Poetry 2007, American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Barrow Street, jubilat, and Massachusetts Review.
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon is the author of Open Interval and Black Swan, winner of the 2001 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. She is the author, with Elizabeth Alexander, of the chapbook Poems in Conversation and a Conversation. Her work has appeared in journals such as African American Review, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, and Shenandoah and in the anthologies Bum Rush the Page, Role Call, Common Wealth, Gathering Ground, and The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South. She is currently at work on a third collection of poems, The Coal Tar Colors. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Cornell University.