Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady

About Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is an African-American poet, author of eight books of poetry, including Hardheaded Weather: New and Selected Poems (Putnam, April 2008). His first book of poetry, Kartunes, was published in 1980, with several books of poetry following it. He is also the author of Victims of the Latest Dance Craze, which won the 1985 Lamont Poetry Prize of the Academy of American Poets; BOOM, BOOM, BOOM: A Chapbook (1988), The Gathering of My Name; You Don't Miss Your Water (1991) and The Autobiography of a Jukebox (1997). Cornelius Eady's collection of poetry, Brutal Imagination, was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry. 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, the Cave Canem summer workshop/retreat for African American poets.
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