Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady
Miller Family Endowed Chair in Literature and Writing
18 Tate
Areas of Study: 
African Diaspora Studies
Creative Writing
Research and Teaching: 

Creative writing (poetry, drama)

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.