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Poetry center Cave Canem wins honorary National Book Award

September 20, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Cave Canem, a poetry center that has nurtured and championed African-American poets, has won an honorary National Book Award for contributions to the American literary community.

The National Book Foundation announced Tuesday that Cave Canem is the recipient of the Literarian Award, a prize that in previous years has gone to Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers and Terry Gross, among others.

The Brooklyn-based organization was founded in 1996 by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady. It offers support ranging from awards to workshops to an annual fellows’ retreat. Several National Book Award winners and nominees have been Cave Canem fellows, including Robin Coste Lewis and Terrance Hayes.

Cave Canem will be honored Nov. 16 at the National Book Awards’ ceremony in New York City.

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