Award-Winning Poet Cornelius Eady to Speak

Cornelius Eady
Photo by Chip Cooper 

March 15, 2017  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Award-winning poet Cornelius Eady will present a reading of his work at 7 p.m. March 29 in The Ames Library’s Beckman Auditorium at Illinois Wesleyan University.

The author of eight books of poetry, Eady has received numerous honors for his work including the 1985 Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets for his book Victims of the Latest Dance Craze. His most recent work, Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry.

Eady has also worked in collaboration with jazz composer Diedre Murray to produce several works of musical theatre including Running Man, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999, and Brutal Imagination, which won Newsday's Oppenheimer award in 2002.

He is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship in Literature, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry, a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to Bellagio, Italy, and The Prairie Schooner Strousse Award.

Eady is also the co-founder of Cave Canem, a national organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Eady co-founded the organization in 1996 with poet Toi Derricotte to combat the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape.

Eady is currently the Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

In addition to his poetry reading on March 29, Eady will present a talk on fostering literary communities at 4 p.m. March 30 in the Memorial Center Turfler Room.

Eady’s visit is sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan’s campus literary magazine Tributaries, Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, Lyrical Graffiti, and the Department of English. Both events are free and open to the public.

By Vi Kakares ’20