Thursday, December 23, 2021

The year in African American poetry, 2021



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

• May: Carl Phillips wins Jackson Poetry Prize.
• April: Francine J. Harris wins the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award.
• April: Tracie Morris receives Guggenheim fellowship.
• Joshua Bennett, Ladan Osman, and Xandria Phillips win Whiting Awards. 
• September: Courtney Faye Taylor wins 2021 Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
• September: Toi Derricotte wins Wallace Stevens Award.  
• September: Camille T. Dungy receives the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.
• September: Honorée Fanonne Jeffers wins the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.
• September: James Cagney wins the James Laughlin Award.
• September: Patricia Smith wins the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.
• September: Reginald Dwayne Betts receives MacArthur Fellowship.
• September: Hanif Abdurraqib receives MacArthur Fellowship.
• September: Bryan Byrdlong receives Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships.
• October: Sonia Sanchez wins Gish Prize.

Chapbooks
Little Girl Blue by Sequoia Maner
• Breathe by Angel Dye

Volumes of poetry
Tenderness by Derrick Austin
Master Suffering by CM Burroughs   
Playlist for the Apocalypse by Rita Dove
Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman
• SHO by Douglas Kearney
Punks: New & Selected Poems by John Keene
Everyday Mojo Songs of Earth: Selected Poems, 2001-2021 by Yusef Komunyakaa
Somebody Else Sold the World by Adrian Matejka
• Collected Poems by Sonia Sanchez
Mutiny by Phillip B. Williams

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