|Tyehimba Jess's Olio (2016) was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2017.|
Like in years past, I documented news items and publications concerning African American poetry. Here's a partial list of developments that caught my attention.
Select volumes of poetry published in 2017:
• Eve L. Ewing's Electric Arches
• Cortney Lamar Charleston's Telepathologies
• Airea D. Matthews's Simulacra
• Adrian Matejka's Map to the Stars
• Shane McCrae's In the Language of My Captor
• Aja Monet's My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
• Morgan Parker's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
• Evie Shockley's Semiautomatic
• Danez Smith Don't Call Us Dead
• Patricia Smith's Incendiary Art
• Jerry W. Ward, Jr.'s Fractal Song
• Afaa Michael Weaver's Spirit Boxing
• The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks Eds. Peter Kahn, Ravi Shankar, Patricia Smith
• Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden Eds. Kwame Dawes and Matthew Shenoda
• February: Phillip B. Williams is selected as recipient of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.
• March: Ishion Hutchinson wins National Book Critics Circle award for poetry for House of Lords and Commons.
• March: Simone White and Phillip B. Williams awarded Whiting Writers Awards.
• March: Claudia Rankine wins the 2016 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry for Citizen.
• March: Nathaniel Mackey wins the Bobbitt Lifetime Achievement prize.
• April: Ishion Hutchinson, Gregory Pardlo, Claudia Rankine, and Afaa M. Weaver receive Guggenheim fellowships.
• April 10: Tyehimba Jess's Olio is selected for the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
• April: Patricia Spears Jones receives the Jackson Poetry Prize.
• April: Robin Coste Lewis named Poet Laureate of Los Angeles.
• June: Tracy K. Smith named U.S. Poet Laureate.
• August: Ed Roberson is awarded an Academy of American Poets Fellowship.
• September: Cortney Lamar Charleston receives Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship.
• November: Kevin Young becomes editor for poetry for The New Yorker.
• November: Poet Kevin Young published Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.
• November: Shane McCrae and Rickey Laurentiis receive Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry.
• December: Adrian Matejka named Poet Laureate of Indiana.
• 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