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We are building on the achievements of those who have paved the way for us, and are indebted to the Afro Style School, Black Arts Movement, Caribbean Arts Movement, Cave Canem, Dark Noise Collective, Dark Room Collective, Malika’s Kitchen, The Complete Works, and Octavian.

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From The Blog

December 29, 2022

BPM: The Black Poets Masterclass series

BPM: The Black Poets Masterclass series Now in their fifth year, the RSL Literature Matters Awards aim to enable literary excellence and innovation, providing writers with financial support to undertake…
September 23, 2022

Ariana Benson wins 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize

Ariana Benson Willie Perdomo has selected Ariana Benson as the winner of the 2022 Cave Canem Poetry Prize for her manuscript Black Pastoral. Benson will receive $1,000 and publication by…
September 5, 2022

Poetry Review Podcast

The Poetry Society · Dzifa Benson speaks to Clementine E. Burnley and Zakia Carpenter-Hall