Cornelius Eady is the author of over a half-dozen books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, Running Man, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets. Eady will read and also perform with his band, Rough Magic!
Bob Holman’s reading is a book party for Sing This One Back To Me (Coffee House) so he’ll be performing with his griot, Papa Susso, master kora player/singer, whose poems are central to the book, and special guests. He’s just returning from a 3-week run of Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine – he plays the Captain, the run was in Ukraine, Bob co-wrote, with Yara Arts producing. Towards the end of October he’ll be going to Australia to shoot the third and final section of the PBS documentary on endangered languages he’s been working on with David Grubin, “Language Matters.” Bowery Poetry 2.0, the continuation of the Club he founded, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this week.