2019 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners
2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Dawn Lundy Martin, Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House Press). Martin is a poet, essayist, and conceptual-video artist. She is the author of four books of poems: Good Stock Strange Blood (Coffee House, 2017); Life in a Box is a Pretty Life (Nightboat Books, 2015); which won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry; DISCIPLINE (Nightboat Books, 2011); A Gathering of Matter / A Matter of Gathering (University of Georgia Press, 2007); and three limited edition chapbooks. Most recently, she co-edited with Erica Hunt an anthology, Letters to the Future: BLACK WOMEN / Radical WRITING (Kore Press, 2018). Her nonfiction can be found in The New Yorker, Harper’s, n+1, and elsewhere. Martin is a Professor of English in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh and Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. She is also the recipient of a 2018 NEA Grant in Creative Writing.
2019 Kate Tufts Discovery
Diana Khoi Nguyen, Ghost Of (Omnidawn Publishing). Nguyen’s debut collection was selected by Terrance Hayes for the Omnidawn Open Contest. In addition to winning the 92Y “Discovery” / Boston ReviewPoetry Contest and being shortlisted for the National Book Award, she is a PhD candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver.
2019 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Finalists
2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
CAConrad, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books). CAConrad is a 2019 Creative Capital Fellow, and the author of 9 books of poetry and essays. While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books), received the 2018 Lambda Award. A recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, they also received The Believer Magazine Book Award and The Gil Ott Book Award. Their work has been translated into Spanish, Greek, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Danish and German. They teach regularly at Columbia University in NYC, and Sandberg Art Institute in Amsterdam.
Terrance Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin Books). Hayes is a teacher and student of poetry whose most recent publications include American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin and To Float In The Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight (Wave, 2018).
Brenda Hillman, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (Wesleyan University Press). Hillman is the author of ten full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018). With Patricia Dienstfrey, she edited The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (Wesleyan, 2003), and has co-translated Poems from Above the Hill by Ashur Etwebi, Instances by Jeongrye Choi and At Your Feet by Ana Cristina Cesar, all from Free Verse Editions. Named by Poets and Writers as one of 50 inspiring writers in the world, Hillman has worked actively for social and environmental justice; she is a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets and teaches at St. Mary’s College where she is the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry.
Craig Santos Perez, from unincorporated territory [lukao] (Omnidawn Publishing). Perez is an indigenous Chamorro poet and scholar from the Pacific Island of Guam. He is the author of four poetry books, co-editor of three anthologies, and co-founder of Ala Press. He has received the American Book Award, PEN Center USA/Poetry Society of America Literary Prize, Lannan Foundation Literary Fellowship, Ford Foundation Fellowship, and Hawaiʻi Literary Arts Council Award. He earned an MFA from the U of San Francisco and a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the U of California, Berkeley. He is an associate professor in the English department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa.
2019 Kate Tufts Discovery
Tyree Daye, River Hymns (American Poetry Review Press). Daye is a poet from Youngsville, North Carolina. He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns (APR, 2017).
Justin Phillip Reed, Indecency (Coffee House Press). Reedis an American poet and essayist and the author of Indecency(Coffee House Press), winner of the 2018 National Book Award in Poetry. His work appears in African American Review, Best American Essays, Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, The New York Times Magazine, Obsidian, and elsewhere. He earned his BA in creative writing at Tusculum College and his MFA in poetry at Washington University in St. Louis. Justin has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Born and raised in South Carolina, he lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Beast Meridian (Noemi Press). Villarreal was born in the Rio Grande Valley borderlands to formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants. She is the author of the collection Beast Meridian(Noemi Press, Akrilica Series, 2017), winner of the John A. Robertson Award for Best First Book of Poetry from the Texas Institute of Letters, and featured as a best-of book at The Los Angeles Times, NBC News, BOMB, Literary Hub, Bustle, and Entropy. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, The Boston Review, The Academy of American Poets, BuzzFeed, Epiphany, PBS Newshourand elsewhere. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and is currently pursuing her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she is raising her son with the help of a loyal dog.
Javier Zamora, Unaccompanied (Copper Canyon Press). Zamora was born in El Salvador and migrated to the US when he was nine. He is a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University and holds fellowships from CantoMundo, Colgate University, the Lannan Foundation, MacDowell, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, Stanford University, and Yaddo. Zamora’s poetry and prose appear in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times,and elsewhere. Unaccompanied, Copper Canyon Press, is his first collection.