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Summer Poetry Solstice
Poet Darrel Alejandro Holnes will spend the month of June at Washington College after earning the 2016 Cave Canem Residency at the Rose O’ Neill Literary House
Darrel Alejandro Holnes, an accomplished poet, playwright, and ethnographic researcher, has won the Rose O’ Neill Literary House’s 2016 Cave Canem Summer Residency. Arriving in Chestertown in June, he will spend his time here working on his own writing projects and quietly exploring the town for a few warm, restful weeks.
Holnes, a faculty member at New York University’s (NYU) Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is from Panama City and the former Canal Zone of Panamá. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Poetry Magazine, Best American Experimental Writing, American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, Callaloo, The Caribbean Writer, Day One, The Puritan Magazine, and elsewhere in print and online. He is the co-author of PRIME: Poetry & Conversations, On Poetics, Identity & Latinidad: CantoMundo Poets Speak Out, and the co-editor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry.
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.”
The residency is a month-long Chestertown retreat offered annually to one outstanding former Cave Canem Fellow. Previous Summer Residents include poets Kamilah Aisha Moon in 2015, Jamaal May in 2014, Yona Harvey in 2013, Kevin Vaughn in 2012, and Arisa White in 2011.
For more information on this writer’s residency program or the Literary House visit the website at http://www.washcoll.edu/centers/lithouse/.