2021 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners

2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Award Winner

John Murillo

John MurilloKontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books). John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections, Up Jump the Boogie and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry. His honors include a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and inclusion in Best American Poetry 2017, 2019, and 2020. He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada University. He lives in Brooklyn.

2021 Kate Tufts Discovery
Award Winner

Jake Skeets

Jake Skeets, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers (Milkweed Editions). Jake Skeets is the author of Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, winner of the National Poetry Series. He is the recipient of a 92Y Discovery Prize, a Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship, an American Book Award, and a Whiting Award. He is from the Navajo Nation and teaches at Diné College.

 

2021 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Finalists

2021 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Award Finalists

A Treatise on Stars by Mei-mei Berssenbrugge (New Directions): In Berssenbrugge’s latest, “long, lyrical lines map a geography of interconnected, interdimensional intelligence that exists in all places and sentient beings. These are poems of deep listening and patient waiting, open to the cosmic loom, the channeling of daily experience and conversation,” and much more.

& more black by t’ai freedom ford (Augury Books): ford is the author of two poetry collections, how to get over from Red Hen Press and & more black from Augury Books, winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. t’ai lives and loves in Brooklyn where she is an editor at No, Dear Magazine.

Toxicon and Arachne by Joyelle McSweeney (Nightboat): author of ten books of poetry, prose, plays, and essays, most recently the double poetry collection Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat, 2020), and The Necropastoral: Poetry, Media, Occults, a work of goth ecopoetics (University of Michigan Poets on Poetry Series, 2015). Her verse play Dead Youth, or, the Leaks, inaugurated the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Artists in 2014. Co-founder of the international press Action Books, she lives in the Rust Belt and teaches at the University of Notre Dame.

Feed by Tommy “Teebs” Pico (Tin House Books): Originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay nation, he now splits his time between Los Angeles and Brooklyn. He co-curates the reading series Poets with Attitude, co-hosts the podcast Food 4 Thot and Scream, Queen! is poetry editor at Catapult magazine, writes on the FX show Reservation Dogs, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub.

2021 Kate Tufts Discovery
Award Finalists

A Theory of Birds by Zaina Alsous (University of Arkansas Press): In A Theory of Birds, Alsous engages with the world’s oppressive and divisive forces and “explores how categorization can be a tool for detachment, domination, and erasure.”

Fantasia for the Man in Blue by Tommye Blount (Four Way Books): A black man’s encounter with a police officer (the “man in blue” of the title”) serves as one of the many voices Blount orchestrates to “speak to the experience of the black, queer body as a site of desire and violence.”

Catrachos by Roy G. Guzmán (Graywolf Press): In Catrachos (a nickname for Hondureños), Guzmán “reaches across borders―between life and death and between countries―invoking the voices of the lost” in a volume that is “part immigration narrative, part elegy, and part queer coming-of-age story.”

Bodega by Su Hwang (Milkweed Editions): Hwang’s book offers a “singular perspective on our nation of immigrants” and is set against “the backdrop of the war on drugs and the 1992 Los Angeles Riots [as] a Korean girl comes of age in her parents’ bodega in the Queensbridge projects.”