2022 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Winners
2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Divya Victor, CURB (Nightboat Books). Divya Victor is the author of CURB (Nightboat Books, Finalist for the PEN America Open Book Award); KITH (Fence Books/ Book*hug); Scheingleichheit: Drei Essays (Merve Verlag); NATURAL SUBJECTS (Trembling Pillow, Winner of the Bob Kaufman Award), UNSUB (Insert Blanc), THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR MOUTH (Les Figues). She is currently Associate Professor of English at Michigan State University.
2022 Kate Tufts Discovery
torrin a. greathouse, Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions). torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk and MFA candidate at the University of Minnesota. Her work is published in POETRY, Ploughshares, New England Review, and The Kenyon Review. They have received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Effing Foundation for Sex Positivity, Zoeglossia, and the University of Arizona Poetry Center. She is the author of Wound from the Mouth of a Wound (Milkweed Editions, 2020), selected for the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry by Aimee Nezhukumatathil.
2022 Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Award Finalists
2022 Kingsley Tufts Poetry
Here is the sweet hand by francine j. harris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux): harris’ third collection, Here is the Sweet Hand from Farrar, Straus & Giroux, is the winner of the 2020 National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second collection, play dead, was the winner of the Lambda Literary and Audre Lorde Awards and finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her first collection, allegiance, was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery and PEN Open Book Awards. Originally from Detroit, she has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Houston and serves as Consulting Faculty Editor at Gulf Coast.
Sho by Douglas Kearney (Wave Books): Kearney has published six books, including the award-winning Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016); a collection of libretti, Someone Took They Tongues. (Subito, 2016); and writings on poetics and performance, Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015). He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others. Kearney teaches at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure by Hoa Nguyen (Wave Books): As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, Nguyen has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and judge for the 2020 Griffin Prize for Poetry, and she has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Bard College, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio. Recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature nomination, she has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Nguyen has lived in Canada since 2011.
frank: sonnets by Diane Seuss (Graywolf Press): Seuss is the author of five poetry collections, including Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Four-Legged Girl, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. Seuss was raised by a single mother in rural Michigan, which she continues to call home.
2022 Kate Tufts Discovery
The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser (Graywolf Press): Winner of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American poets and nominated for the National Book Awards.
What Noise Against the Cane by Desiree C. Bailey (Yale University Press): winner of the 2020 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, Bailey was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry and is currently longlisted for the Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize. She is also the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater (O’clock Press, 2016). Desiree is from Trinidad and Tobago, and Queens, New York.
Mother Body by Diamond Forder (Saturnalia Books): Diamond Forde’s debut collection, Mother Body, is the winner of the 2019 Saturnalia Poetry Prize. Forde has received numerous awards and prizes, including a Pink Poetry Prize, a Furious Flower Poetry Prize, CLA’s Margaret Walker Memorial Prize, and third place in Frontier Poetry’s New Poets Award. A Callaloo and Tin House fellow, Forde’s work has appeared in Boston Review, Honey Literary, Obsidian, Massachusetts Review, and more. She serves as the contributing editor of Southeast Review, the fiction editor of Nat. Brut, and she lives in Asheville with her partner and their dog, Oatmeal.
Thrown in the Throat by Benjamin Garcia (Milkweed Editions): Garcia’s first collection, THROWN IN THE THROAT, was selected by Kazim Ali for the 2019 National Poetry Series. He works as a sexual health and harm reduction educator in New York’s Finger Lakes region, where he received the Jill Gonzalez Health Educator Award recognizing contributions to HIV treatment and prevention. A CantoMundo and Lambda Literary fellow, he serves as core faculty at Alma College’s low-residency MFA program. His poems and essays have recently appeared or are forthcoming in: AGNI, American Poetry Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, and New England Review. His video poem “Ode to the Corpse Flower” is available for viewing at the Broad Museum’s website as part of El Poder de la Poesia: Latinx Voices in Reponse to HIV/AIDS.