Book Release Reading: Demetrius A. Buckley with Lillian Yvonne-Bertram

April 18, 2022



A Book Release Reading for Demetrius A. Buckley
Winner of the 7th Annual Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize, awarded by Cave Canem
Featuring Prize Judge, Lillian Yvonne-Bertram

Our annual book prize reading celebrates the winner of a contest run by our partner, Cave Canem, the nation’s foremost poetry organization supporting Black poets. Join online to watch Cave Canem 2022 prize winner Demetrius A. Buckley’s feature reading of Here is Home. Buckley is joined by contest judge Lillian Yvonne-Bertram. Of Here is Home, Yvonne-Bertram notes: “…these are poems of voice and observation. There is a strong sense that the speaker doesn't just know, but is intimate with and among, their observations of family, community, and the world.”

About Cave Canem The Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize is presented annually by Cave Canem and co-sponsored by O, Miami Poetry Festival, Jai-Alai Books, and The Writer’s Room at The Betsy Hotel. This year’s judge was Mahogany L. Browne.

About The Betsy- South Beach Situated at the edge of the Atlantic, The Betsy–South Beach is the host hotel for wide-ranging programs that embrace the richness of global arts and culture. Since opening in 2012, The Betsy Writer’s Room has hosted more than 1,000 authors, artists, and thought leaders, including notable poets W.S. Merwin, Nikky Finney, and Robert Haas. The Betsy’s poetry programs are inspired by the work of mid-century poet Hyam Plutzik, three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and father of Betsy Hotel owner Jonathan Plutzik. For more information, visit and

This project is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes)