DANEZ SMITH
May 2015

St. Paul, MN – Danez is the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & The Poetry Foundation. He is also a 2014 McKnight Foundation/Loft Literary Center Poetry Fellow, chosen by Nikky Finney. A Cave Canem & VONA fellow, Danez is the author of [insert] Boy (forthcoming, YesYes Books) & the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship books, 2013). He was featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Emerging Poets Series by Patricia Smith and the winner of the 2014 Paris-American Reading Prize. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review & elsewhere. In the last year, Danez was a finalist for poetry awards from the Indiana Review, Rattle, Two Sylvias Press, and Narrative Magazine. Danez is a founding member of the multi-genre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective.
In Poetry Slam, he is a 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, the reigning 2-time Rustbelt Individual Champion & was on 2014 Championship Team Sad Boy Supper Club. In 2014, he was the Festival Director for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. He holds a BA from UW-Madison where he was a First Wave Urban Arts Scholar. He was born in St. Paul, MN.

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