Tuesday, December 26, 2023

The year in African American poetry, 2023

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

• March: Roger Reeves wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
• September: Major Jackson wins an Academy of American Poets Fellowship.
• September: Cyrée Jarelle Johnson wins the James Laughlin Award.
• September: Afaa Michael Weaver wins the Wallace Stevens Award. 
• September: Bhion Achimba, Willie Lee Kinard III, and Ariana Benson earn Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellows.

Volumes of Poetry
Suddenly We by Evie Shockley 
My Mouth A Constant Prayer by Angel C. Dye
• Chrome Valley by Mahogany L. Browne
Above Ground by Clint Smith
A Fire in the Hills by Afaa Michael Weaver
So to Speak by Terrance Hayes
• Freedom House by KB Brookins
Saltwater Demands a Psalm by Kweku Abimbola
Side Notes from the Archivist by Anastacia-Reneé


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