Cornelius Eady is the author of "Hardheaded Weather;" "Brutal Imagination," which was a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award in Poetry; "the autobiography of a jukebox;" "You Don’t Miss Your Water;" Pulitzer Prize nominee "The Gathering of My Name;" "BOOM BOOM BOOM;" "Victims of the Latest Dance Craze," which was chosen for the 1985 Lamont Poetry Selection of The Academy of American Poets; and "Kartunes." In 1996, Eady co-founded Cave Canem, a nonprofit organization serving black poets of various backgrounds and acting as a safe space for intellectual engagement and critical debate. He has collaborated with jazz composer Deidre Murray in the production of several works of musical theatre, including "You Don’t Miss Your Water;" "Running Man," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1999; "Fangs;" and "Brutal Imagination," which received Newsday’s Oppenheimer Award in 2002. His honors include the "Prairie Schooner" Strousse Award, a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Funding for this event is provided by the Dee Hull Everist Visiting Speaker Series.