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Jamaal May awarded 2014 Cave Canem Residency

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    Jamaal May, 2014 Cave Canem Resident at the Rose O'Neill Literary House

Location: Rose O’Neill Literary House

April 21, 2014
The Rose O’Neill Literary House has awarded this year’s Cave Canem Residency to Detroit poet, Jamaal May.

In June 2014, the Rose O’Neill Literary House will welcome Jamaal May to Chestertown for a month-long writer’s retreat. Jamaal was selected from this year’s pool of applicants as the winner of the Literary House’s 2014 Cave Canem Summer Residency

While most of his time will be spent working on his own writing projects and quietly exploring the town, Jamaal will also be a part of our second Summer Poetry Salon on Tuesday, June 24 at 4:30PM, sharing the stage with poet Tarfia Faizullah.

Jamaal May is from Detroit, MI where he taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer. His first book, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the Indiana Review Prize, the Spirit of Detroit Award, the Stadler Fellowship, a Cave Canem Fellowship, and the 2014-2016 Kenyon Review Fellowship. Jamaal’s poems appear in such publications as The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares, NYTimes.com, and Best American Poetry 2014. He co-directs the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah.

The Cave Canem Summer Residency at The Rose O’Neill Literary House is a partnership with Cave Canem, the nation’s preeminent organization for young African American poets. Cave Canem’s mission is to serve as “a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.” Our Cave Canem Summer Residency is a month-long Chestertown retreat offered annually to one outstanding former Cave Canem Fellow. Previous Summer Residents include poets Yona Harvey in 2013, Kevin Vaughn in 2012, and Arisa White in 2011. 


The Rose O’Neill Literary House at Washington College serves as one of the cultural centers of campus, bringing together students, faculty, alumni, and local community members from across the disciplines. Our literary programming provides access to a wide variety of genres, including fiction, poetry,  creative nonfiction, scholarly prose, playwriting, and hybrid forms; our letterpress studio and Literary House Press introduce participants both to old and new technologies. We are dedicated to promoting the articulated word and to supporting students through professional, on-the-job training.

Last modified on May. 16th, 2014 at 9:35am by Owen Bailey.

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