Poetry off the Shelf: A. Van Jordan
A. Van Jordan was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. His collections of poetry include Rise (2001), which won a PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was selected for the Book of the Month Club of the Academy of American Poets; M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (2005), which received the Anisfield-Wolf Award; and Quantum Lyrics (2007).
Jordan has been the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught at a number of graduate writing programs including the University of Texas at Austin, Warren Wilson College, and the University of Michigan.
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