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The Life of a Poet Featuring Critically Acclaimed Poet Regie Cabico in Conversation with Kyle Dargan

Thursday, May 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Established in 2013, The Life of a Poet is a quarterly series of in-depth literary conversations. The series
offers a rare opportunity to consider a writer’s entire career and explore the major events that have shaped
their work. Readings from that work are interspersed throughout the conversation. Originally moderated
by Washington Post book critic Ron Charles, the series is now helmed by noted poet and editor Kyle
Dargan. Over the years featured poets have included Terrance Hayes, Elizabeth Alexander, Ada Limon,
Marilyn Chin, Adrian Matejka, and Carl Phillips among many others.

Regie Cabico is a critically acclaimed performance poet who has won top prizes in the 1993, 1994, and
1997 National Poetry Slams. His poetry appears in over 30 anthologies including Aloud: Voices from the
Nuyorican Poets Café, Spoken Word Revolution and Slam. He was also featured in MTV’s “Free Your
Mind” Spoken Word Tour. Regie is the recipient of three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships
for Poetry and Multi-Disciplinary Performance. He is a regular performer at the  Nuyorican Poets
Cafe  and the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City. He was artist-in-residence at New York University,
and De Anza College. Cabico was the first Asian American to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam.
He is lead spoken word poetry educator for The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Television
credits include HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, NPR’s Snap Judgement and TEDx Talk. He is the author of A
Rabbit In Search of a Rolex (Day Eight, 2023). He is a former NYU Asian American Studies Artist in
Residence and the recipient of the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award from Poets & Writers.

Kyle Dargan is the author of the poetry collection Anagnorisis (TriQuarterly/Northwestern UP,
2018), which was awarded the 2019 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and longlisted for the 2019
Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His four previous collections, Honest Engine (2015), Logorrhea
Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003)–were all published by
the University of Georgia Press. For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the
Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and
Humanities. His books have also been finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Eric
Hoffer Awards Grand Prize. Dargan has partnered with the President's Committee on the Arts
and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress.
He’s worked with and supports a number of youth writing organizations, such
as 826DC,  Writopia Lab , Young Writers Workshop and the Dodge Poetry high schools
program. He is currently an Associate Professor of literature and Asst. Director of creative
writing at American University, as well as the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine.
He also works as a Managing Editor for Janelle Monae’s creative company,
Wondaland. Originally from Newark, New Jersey, Dargan is a graduate of Saint Benedict’s Prep,
The University of Virginia and Indiana University.

Books will be available for sale. A book signing will follow the conversation.


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Thursday, May 23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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