Monday, December 17, 2018
The year in African American poetry, 2018
Continuing the practice of documenting annual news items and publications concerning African American poetry. Here's a partial list of developments that caught my attention.
• February: Mellon Foundation names Elizabeth Alexander as president.
• February: Patricia Smith wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
• February: Donika Kelly wins the Kate Tufts Discover Award.
• March: Shane McCrae's In the Language of My Captor earns Anisfield Award.
• March: Tracy K. Smith named as incoming chair of Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton.
• April: Reginald Dwayne Betts and Tyehimba Jess earn Guggenheim Fellowships.
• April: Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art wins LA Times Book Prize for poetry.
• April: Rita Dove named poetry editor for The New York Times magazine.
• August: Poet Sonia Sanchez wins Wallace Stevens Award.
• August: Geffrey Davis won the 2018 James Laughlin Award for the forthcoming Night Angler.
• August: Malcolm Tariq wins the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
• August: Safia Elhillo earns the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.
• September: Danez Smith wins Forward poetry prize.
• November: Justin Phillip Reed wins the National Book Award for Poetry for Indecency.
Select volumes of poetry published in 2018:
• Tiana Clark's I Can't Talk about the Trees Without the Blood
• Mitchell L.H. Douglas's Dying in the Scarecrow’s Arms
• Jasmine Gibson's Don’t Let Them See Me Like This
• Alexis Pauline Gumbs's M Archive: After the End of the World
• Monica A. Hand's Divida
• Terrance Hayes's American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
• Justin Phillip Reed's Indecency
• Tracy K. Smith's Wade in the Water.
• Kevin Young's Brown
• The year in African American poetry, 2017
• The year in African American poetry, 2016
• The year in African American poetry, 2015
• The year in African American poetry, 2014
• The year in African American poetry, 2013
• The year in African American poetry, 2012
• The year in African American poetry, 2011