Off the Grid is highlighting the 2016 Village Awards winners in the lead up to the March 27th deadline for submitting nominations for the 2017 Annual Village Awards, which will take place on June 6th. Click here to submit a nomination or for more information about the event and to RSVP. Read about other awardees from last year here. Today we look at Steve Cannon, poet and “keeper of the multicultural flame and flavor of downtown Bohemia” since the early 1960’s.
Steve Cannon receiving his 2016 Village Award with Poet Bob Holman and local resident and writer Sarah Ferguson.
Originally hailing from New Orleans and the youngest of 8 children, the now 81 year old Cannon has experienced many lives and adventures. Influenced by his family’s penchant for storytelling, recitation, and music, he has always pursued writing and cultural endeavors. When he arrived in New York City in the early 1960’s, his only interest was becoming part of the downtown scene where writers, artists, musicians, dancers, photographers and many others expressing their artistic visions could gather and exchange ideas. He has lived in the East Village ever since, over the years mixing with such legendary figures as Norman Mailer, Miles Davis, Cecil Taylor, Leonard Bernstein, Charlie Parker, LeRoi Jones, George Corso, Allen Ginsberg, David Henderson, Henry Threadgill, and EL Doctorow.
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