Monday, December 14, 2020

The year in African American poetry, 2020

Here’s a partial list of publications and news items related to African American poets and poetry that caught my attention this past year. 

• February Tiana Clark wins Kate Tuffs Poetry award. 
• February: Reginal Dwayne Betts wins NAACP award for poetry. 
• March: Morgan Parker wins National Book Critics Circle Award.
• April Janice N. Harrington receives Guggenheim fellowship. 
• May: Jericho Brown wins Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. 
• May: Ed Roberson wins Jackson Poetry Prize. 
• September: Nikky Finney receives Wallace Stevens Award. 
• September: Hanif Abdurraqib wins Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.  
Light for the World to See: A Thousand Words on Race and Hope by Kwame Alexander 
Owed by Joshua Bennett 
Negotiations by Destiny O. Birdsong
Fantasia for the Man in Blue by Tommye Blount
How to Carry Water: Selected Poems by Lucille Clifton 
“Wicked Enchantment” by Wanda Coleman 
Cardinal by Tyree Daye 
Love Child's Hotbed of Occasional Poetry: Poems & Artifacts by Nikky Finney 
Too Much Midnight by Krista Franklin 
Be Holding by Ross Gay
Make Me Rain: Poems & Prose by Nikki Giovanni 
One Shoe Marching Towards Heaven by Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover) 
Seeing the Body by Rachel Eliza Griffiths 
Dub: Finding Ceremony by Alexis Pauline Gumbs 
Jump the Clock: New & Selected Poems by Erica Hunt 
The Absurd Man by Major Jackson 
The Age Of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers 
Inheritance by Taylor Johnson
Finna by Nate Marshall 
Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry by John Murillo 
Sometimes I Never Suffered by Shane McCrae 
Pale Colors in a Tall Field by Carl Phillips 
Just Us by Claudia Rankine 
Why the Black Hole Sings the Blues by Ishmael Reed 
The Malevolent Volume by Justin Phillip Reed 
Homie by Danez Smith 

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young


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