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      C.D. Wright was born in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, the daughter of a judge and a court reporter. She published over a dozen books, including ShallCross (2016); The Poet, The...

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      Gerald Vizenor is of Anishinabe heritage and an enrolled member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, White Earth Reservation. Vizenor was born in Minnesota, but before he turned two years old...

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      Referred to as “one of America’s most original, influential, and productive of lyric poets,” Carl Phillips is the author of a dozen books of poetry and two works of criticism. He was...

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2018 National Book Award Finalists
    • Poet and multimedia artist Diana Khoi Nguyen was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her debut collection, Ghost Of (2018), was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open contest...

    • Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Terrance Hayes earned a BA at Coker College and an MFA at the University of Pittsburgh. In his poems, in which he occasionally invents formal...

    • Poet and essayist Justin Phillip Reed was born and raised in South Carolina. He earned his BA from Tusculum College and an MFA from Washington University, where he was also...

    • Jenny Xie is the author of Eye Level (Graywolf Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and a finalist for the National...

    • Rae Armantrout, one of the founding members of the West Coast group of Language poets, stands apart from other Language poets in her lyrical voice and her commitment to the...

    • Elizabeth Acevedo is the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She is a National Poetry Slam Champion. Her debut novel, The Poet X (HarperCollins, 2018), won the National Book Award. 

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