Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominees(Poetry)

Omg! I am looking forward to reading these poets. As an African American who loves to read and write poetry, I had to do this category first.

The Hurston/Wright Legacy awards have been around since 2001. This is for African American Writers from African Americans. So important to have our work judged by the same cultural lens. So without much further adieu:

Title: Approaching the Fields

Author: Chanda Feldman

Awards: Promise Award from the Sustainable Art Foundation

Recognition: Wallace Steger Fellowship at Stanford University

Title: Davida (published posthumously)

Author: Monica A. Hand

Awards: Winner of the 2010 Kinereth Gensler Award

Special note: after a 32-year career with the US Postal Service she received an MA in poetry and translation from Drew University in 2011. She moved to Columbia, Missouri to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri

Recognition: served as a founding member of the poetry collective poets for Ayiti

Previous works: Me and Nina

Title: American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assasin

Author: Terrence Hayes

Awards: 2018 TS Eliot Prize for Poetry 2018 and 2010 National Book Award 2016 NAACP Image Award for Poetry

Special note: Influenced by Wanada Coleman who he calls ” Miss Calamity”

Recognition: Fellow Mac Arthur Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation

Previous work: Muscular Music, Winding Box, Lighthead

Title: Pardon My Heart

Author: Marcus Jackson

Special note: Influenced by Tracy K.Smith” Life On Mars” and Philip Levine’s “One for the Rose” to the name a few

Recognition: Cave Canem Fellow

Previous works: Rundown, Neighborhood Register

Title: Mend

Author: Kwoya Fagin Maples

Awards: Finalist Robert Dana Anhinga Poet

Special notes: Directs a multi-discipline exhibit which combines, painting, photographs, poetry and film

Recognition: Cave Canem Fellow Homeschool Lambda Literary Fellow

Previous Works: Something of Yours

Title: Crosslight for Youngbird

Author: Asiya Wadud

Special note: Leads an English conversation group for immigrants at the Brooklyn Public Library

Recognition: Member Belladonna Collaborative

Upcoming Works: Syncope, No Knowledge is Complete Until It Passes through My Body.

I cannot wait to read these books this fall. I only have 3 more books on my TBR so I got room.πŸ™‚πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘

Part two I will share the Fiction Nominees


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