Chezia Thompson Cager, Director...

Chezia Thompson Cager accepted the legacy of Spectrum's commitment to provide vision and insight into intersecting worlds of poetic text in 1999.  A Maryland State Arts Council Individual Award recipient for 1999 and 2001, a 1996 Artscape Poetry competition winner (selected by Josephine Jacobsen), a 2002 finalist for the Naomi Madget Long Poetry Award at Lotus Press, and Atlantic Center for the arts and Bread Loaf grant 2002 recipient, Dr. Thompson has published work in a wide range of poetry journals that recently include: Gargoyle, Potomac Review, Poet Lore, Maryland Poetry Review, Poetry New Zealand and Puerto Del Sol.  She has 2 Chapbooks including Artscape winner Power Objectives and a book published by Maisonneuve Press - The Presence of Things Unseen: Giant Talk and a compilation project called When Divas Laugh, which she edited from the Diva Squad Poetry Collective available through Black Classic Press.  Her poems appear in the following anthologies: From Totems to Hip Hop edited by Ishmael Reed (2003); Catch the Fire edited by Derrick I. Gilbert; Dark Eros edited by Reginald Martin; Thy Mothers Glass edited by Diane Scharper; and Moving Beyond Boundaries edited by Boyce-Davies and Ogundipe-Leslie.

Her new compilation with Kendra Kopelke and Clarind Harris When Divas Dance is due out next year.  Teaching Jean Toomer's 1923 CANE will be available through Peter Lang Publisher's special African American Literature series next year.

An Alumni of the first African-American High School established west of the Mississippi (Sumner High School), she is a product of English Chairman Dorothy Matlock's idea of an artist-warrior.  A graduate of Washington University (where she studied with Howard Nemerov and Watts Poetry Workshop Poet, K. Curtis Lyle; and Carnegie-Mellon University , her research studies in Nigeria, Jamaica and Haiti (in relationship to the work of Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wole Soyinka), have been the source of her diaspora approach to poetic syntax, theatre direction and curatorial work, bringing image and text together.  A member of Carolina African-American Writers Collective, she was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri on the Mississippi River.  She lives with her family in Baltimore in H.L. Mencken's Union Square.

 
 

The Members of the Dept. of Language & Literature Hosting the 2004 Spectrum of Poetic Fire Reading Series

Dr. Chezia Thompson Cager introduces the faculty members of the Department of Language and Literature whose expertise drive the series

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A History of Spectrum...

Spectrum has been a staple at MICA for many years.  It has a rich history and a reading of this history can be found by clicking the icon below.

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St. Valentine Sunday Poetry Marathon Compact Disc...

Obtain your copies of the actual readings directly from Spectrum. 

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