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Detroit Poet Wins Cave Canem Book Award

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Posted by Prize Reporter on 7.22.10

The second annual Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize winner has been announced. Detroit-based poet and Cave Canem fellowship recipient Vievee Francis received the award for her second poetry collection, Horse in the Dark, selected by Parneshia Jones and Adrian Matejka.

Francis, a 2009 Rona Jaffe Foundation prize winner and graduate of the MFA program at the University of Michigan, is also the author of the collection Blue-Tail Fly (Wayne
State University Press, 2006). Horse in the Dark will be published by Northwestern University Press in March 2011.

The prize, established in 2008, is given for a second poetry collection by an African American writer. The inaugural winner was Indigo Moor for Through the Stonecutter's Window.

To hear a selection of recordings of Francis reading her poems, as well as her words on a humanitarian poetry project, the pleasure of writing, and poets she recommends reading, visit her archive page at From the Fishhouse.

Reader Comments

  • TerryN says...

    A round of applause for Vievee Francis for winning the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize. She finally made it to the top, and she deserves the award she has received. I'm looking forward to read more poems written by her.

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