Here’s a partial list of publications and news items related to African American poets and poetry that caught my attention this past year.
• April: Francine J. Harris wins the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award.
• April: Tracie Morris receives Guggenheim fellowship.
• April: Joshua Bennett, Ladan Osman, and Xandria Phillips win Whiting Awards.
• May: Carl Phillips wins Jackson Poetry Prize.
• 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.
• 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