Mardi Gras goes virtual on
Tuesday, February 16 at 7PM!
Join us for a FREE celebration of the New Haven Free Public Library’s role as a vital source of connection in our community.
The event will feature:
- Appearances from local literati
- A conversation with extraordinary poets Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, and Reginald Dwayne Betts
- A presentation of the Library’s Noah Webster Award to Elsie B. Chapman
- And surprise guests and announcements!
Cave Canem is the nation’s home for Black poetry, founded in 1996 by Derricotte and Eady, beloved, award-winning, nationally distinguished poets. It supports emerging African American poets through a summer retreat, regional workshops, a first-book prize, annual anthologies, and events and readings across the country. Betts is a Cave Canem fellow.
Donations to the New Haven Free Public Library during Mardi Gras provide the digital tools, e-resources, virtual programs, and online learning materials our community relies on, ensuring all New Haven residents have access to the information they need to stay safe, informed, and engaged. Make a gift!
Thank you to our sponsors: