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Cornelius Eady is the author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His second book, Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, won the Lamont Prize from the Academy of American Poets in 1985; in 2001 Brutal Imagination was a finalist for the National Book Award. His work in theater includes the libretto for an opera, "Running Man," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999. His play, "Brutal Imagination," won Newsday's Oppenheimer award in 2002.
In 1996 Eady co-founded, with writer Toi Derricotte, Cave Canem Foundation, today a thriving national organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Programs include, among others, an annual week-long writing retreat for 54 poets, established in 1996; first-and second-book prizes with prestigious presses; readings and panels; and community-based workshops.