Cave Canem, O, Miami, The Betsy, and Jai-Alai Books Present:
2019 Kingsley Tufts Award Winner Dawn Lundy Martin
2018 Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize Winner Mia S. Lewis
In celebration of the release of monster house. by Mia S. Willis
Selected by Dawn Lundy Martin
B Bar at The Betsy Hotel
April 4, 7pm
Dawn Lundy Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual video artist. She is the author of mulitple books of poems, including most recently, Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press), for which she was awarded the 2019 Kinglsey Tufts Award. She is the co-editer, along with Erica Hunt, of the anthology, Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN / Radical WRITING (Kore Press, 2018). Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper's, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is a Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is also the recipient of a 2018 NEA Grant in Creative Writing.
Mia S. Willis is a 23-year-old African American artist and adventurer from Charlotte, North Carolina. Mia is a recipient of the 2018 Foothill Editors’ Prize for their poem “hecatomb,” which was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Their work has been showcased by WORDPEACE, Foothill: a Journal of Poetry, Button Poetry and Slamfind. In 2018, Mia ranked fourth out of 96 femme poets at the Women of the World Poetry Slam, placed fifth out of 150 poets at the Southern Fried Regional Poetry Slam, and won the Capturing Fire Slam. They were also a member of Tender Bitch, the winning poetry performance team at the 2018 Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam Tournament. Mia's debut poetry collection, “monster house.”, was the 2018 winner of the Cave Canem Foundation's Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize and will be published by Jai-Alai Books in 2019.