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BAM Event with Tayari Jones

Join acclaimed author Tayari Jones (Incoming Writing Fellow 2023) for an evening of intimate discourse and reflection at this virtual event on April 20th at 7:30PM ET, part of Eat, Drink & Be Literary 2021, presented by BAM in partnership with the National Book Foundation, and moderated by Deborah Treisman. Tayari Jones is the author of An […]

Terrance Hayes at AAP’s Annual Gala

The Academy of American Poets’ annual gala will happen virtually on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT. Each year during National Poetry Month, now in its 25th year, AAP presents their gala in celebration of poetry’s important place in our culture, and its impact on the lives of readers and artists working in […]

Pélagie Gbaguidi Joins Zeno X Gallery

Pélagie Gbaguidi (CRF 2018) has joined Zeno X Gallery, located in Antwerp, Belgium. A first presentation of her work will be on view at Zeno X Gallery Antwerp South from May 12 until June 26, 2021. Pélagie Gbaguidi’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery will take place in March 2022.  Gbaguidi calls herself a contemporary ‘griot’, someone […]

The NYPL Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Announces 2021-2022 Fellows

The New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has selected its 23rd class of Fellows for the 2021-2022 year. The class is made up of 15 talented academics, literary artists, and independent scholars. The Fellows were selected from a pool of 506 applicants from 48 countries. The class […]

World Premiere of New Work by Christopher Cerrone

Christopher Cerrone’s (CRF 2012, Juror) newest piece, “A Body, Moving,” was inspired by a poem by Natalie Diaz (CRF 2015), and was commissioned by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. The piece is a concerto grosso for brass and orchestra featuring principal trumpet Robert Sullivan and principal tuba Chris Olka. There were three live performances of the piece this weekend, […]

Poems by Monica Youn in the New Yorker

Monica Youn’s (CRF 2013, Juror) sequence of poems on “Study of Two Figures (Dr. Seuss / Chrysanthemum-Pearl)” was published in The New Yorker last month. We share them now in honor of Poetry Month, April 2021. The poems consider Theodor Geisel (pen name: Dr. Seuss) alongside the imaginary daughter that he and his wife Helen […]

New Music from Guy Klucevsek

Guy Klucevsek (CRF 1999) has combined his accordion with Jenny Lin’s piano in their new album Giya Kancheli:  Simple Music. The album was released by Steinway & Sons on April 2nd, 2021. Klucevsek says it was a “true pandemic project. [They] did the collection of 33 pieces as a combination of piano solos, accordion solos, […]

2021 Jazz Heroes Announced

The Jazz Journalists Association announced its slate of 2021 Jazz Heroes, advocates who have had significant impact in their local communities. The ‘Jazz Hero’ awards, made annually on the basis of nominations from community members, are presented by local fans and friends in conjunction with the JJA’s annual Jazz Awards honoring significant achievements in jazz […]

New Conversation Series: Black Arts Dialogues

Ayana Mathis (CRF 2017) has begun a conversation series called the Black Arts Dialogues. This program features a series of one-on-one conversations between Mathis and distinguished Black artists of various disciplines. From musicians to visual artists, filmmakers to fashion designers, actors to dancers, the Dialogues celebrate Black artists as thought leaders and culture makers who […]

Guggenheim 2021 Fellows Announced

On April 8th, 2021, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding for Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists. These exceptional candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants. Created in 1925 by Senator Simon and Olga Guggenheim […]