Wednesday, December 28, 2022

The year in African American poetry, 2022

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

• November: John Keene wins National Book Award for Poetry. 
• September: Marilyn Nelson wins Wallace Stevens Award. 
• September: Jericho Brown wins an Academy of American Poets Fellowship. 
• September: 11 poets, including Rita Dove, Nikki Giovanni, Angela Jackson, Haki Madhubuti, and Sonia Sanchez, receive Ruth Poetry Prizes.
• September: Ariana Benson wins the Cave Canem Poetry Prize.
• September: Diamond Forde and Alan Pelaez Lopez earn Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows. 
• April: Sonia Sanchez wins the Jackson Poetry Prize.
• April: Yona Harvey wins Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Volumes of Poetry
• Cain Named the Animal: Poems by Shane McCrae
• Marrow: Poems by Darlene Anita Scott
Unraveling by Brandon Leake
More than Meat and Raiment: Poems by Angela Jackson
• Then the War: And Selected Poems, 2007-2020 by Carl Phillips
• Concentrate by Courtney Faye Taylor 
• The Gleaming of the Blade by Christian J. Collier
• The Study of Human Life by Joshua Bennett
• The Shared World: Poems by Vievee Francis
Best Barbarian by Roger Reeves


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