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