Visiting Writers Series: Danez Smith
Danez Smith is the author of Don't Call Us Dead (2017, Graywolf Press), finalist for the National Book Award in poetry; [insert] Boy (2014, Yes Yes Books), winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award; and the chapbook Black Movie (2015, Button Poetry). Their work has been featured widely on platforms such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Kinfolks, as well as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Buzzfeed.
Smith is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, three-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective.
Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Foundation and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.