Friday, May 21, 2010

Cave Canem, and the Kaffir Lilly book release party.

So much to say.  First, I've been accepted into Cave Canem.  I'm ecstatic.  I tried not to think about it back when I applied, but some of my favorite poets are involved; on the faculty, or on board in some way.  Claudia Rankine comes to mind, especially.  And Walter Mosely.  You know what, I'm going to stop myself before I start rambling.  I'm this close to being a graduated fellow.  Well.  You know.  Minimum of three years, quite a bit of work, and some traveling and random expenses.  That close.

Tuesday was the Bianca Spriggs Kaffir Lily book release party, and it was tight.  Elizabeth Beck did the event planning, and it was held at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, KY.  Elizabeth did a great job.  It screamed of Bianca.  There were mermaids, and bling, and henna, and chocolate, and damn good poetry.  More on the poetry in a later post, but let me just say that if you have the money, stop wasting your time and just buy Kaffir Lilly.  Seriously.

Lastly, anyone who has a good memory or actively visits my blog or website will notice the changes.  I've made both easier on the eyes.  This blog now supports much bigger videos and pictures, which is good for everyone, and encourages me to post those things.  And finally, my website has an updated bio and list of some of my publication credits, which makes it really the only place you can currently go to see where I've been published.

Even more to come.  I'm always on some kinda grind.


  1. Man, I wish I were you right now. I'd give my left nut to get into Cave Canem...which is easy for me to say, considering I don't have any. LOL!

    I'm impressed with you. Take copious notes because I want to know it all. I'm so gonna apply next year.

    When does everything go down?

  2. Congratulations !! I am so excited for you! Did you know Jonterri will be there with u?

    I'm real jealous right now, but in a good way. Like, in a I WILL apply next year way.

  3. It's from June 20th to 27th. I don't have very much time to prepare, actually.

    And yeah, JayTee's going too! And one of my fellow Affrilachian Poets (he was inducted the same year as I was, actually); Makalani Bandele.

    Thanks for your excitement guys! And definitely apply next year. As many years as it takes.

  4. Congratulations, Keith! That is awesome news! I'm elated for you and look forward to reading about all you'll be doing. I know you'll be busy, but please keep us posted. And keep posting your excellent poems whenever you can.

  5. Good times, good times! I think it will be so awesome to have you and Mak there this summer. Can. Not. Wait. (barks like DMX)

    Glad you were in the house on Tuesday...BLACKBONE!!

    Blog is lookin' good!

  6. I'm new to your blog, found you via The Storialist. I'm keen on poetry, too.

    PS: Congrats!!

  7. Julie, thanks so much. And I'll definitely be blogging and just being an obsessive note-taker in general. haha.

    Bianca: BLACKBONE FORM OF WISHBONE!!! haha. And thanks for the comment on the looks of the blog. It takes me way too long to figure out how to change anything. Augh.

    Terresa, nice to meet you, and thanks. I love her poetry, and I don't know why, but I'm glad she's going by her real name as well now.

  8. Congrats! And as @Evelyn said, take notes AND share. And speaking of changes, I just made mine easier on the eye too, and strongly text-centric.