Community Partners

Community Partners

The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics’ efforts are enhanced through partnerships with other organizations that have deep roots in Pittsburgh’s communities.


Cave Canem

Cave Canem Foundation, “a home for the many voices of African American poetry,” is an influential national poetry organization dedicated to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. With Cave Canem, CAAPP collaborates on a range of projects, including the Cave Canem Oral History Project, which will document the stories of poets’ experiences at the Cave Canem retreat and particularly how Cave Canem impacts poets’ lives. 


Kelly Strayhorn Theater

The Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, an East Liberty-based nonprofit committed to fostering both community partnerships and innovative artistic performances, is a primary collaborator in CAAPP’s endeavors to provide community access to all programming and visiting artists. 



City of Asylum

City of Asylum provides sanctuary for persecuted writers from around the world and fosters cross-cultural exchange through its wide-ranging programming. 



Ace Hotel Pittsburgh

Located in a century-old YMCA building, the Ace Hotel is another important partner in East Liberty. CAAPP collaborates with the ACE Hotel to support and showcase the work of African American artists and writers in Pittsburgh and beyond.


UrbanKind Institute

UrbanKind Institute is “a think and do tank” with deep roots in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop neighborhoods. With the mission of advancing "policies, practices, and programs that are kind to urban people and environments,” UrbanKind focuses on research and policy analysis, community building, and youth engagement.



August Wilson House

At August Wilson’s Hill District childhood home, now under renovation, CAAPP will host community workshops and short-term residencies with visiting artists.