The prize is awarded annually by Poets & Writers to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition, and aims to provide what poets need: time and encouragement to write. There is no application process; poets are nominated by a panel of their peers who remain anonymous.
Joy Harjo’s Crazy Brave received the American Book Award in 2013. She sits on Before Columbus Foundation’s Board of Directors
Professor Dungy teaches with Colorado State University’s English department. Her book Suck on the Marrow received the American Book Award in 2011. She says, “I understand this fellowship to be a starting block for my journey towards a new set of possibilities and artistic discoveries,” she said. “I’ll pause very briefly to celebrate what this means to me and to the communities who have supported my work through the years. Then I’ll start digging in the soil again — and see what starts growing.” Read more about her projects and watch a video of Dungy performing her poetry here:
Astra Taylor’s new book Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone has been published today. Taylor received the 2015 American Book Award for The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age. From The Guardian:
Ishmael Reed has been critical of the Broadway performance Hamilton since its debut. He summarizes his perspective on a recent viewing of its performance in an article in The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Datebook:
A full production of my play, ” The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda,” beginning May 23 at the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York, and directed by the award-winning Rome Neal, will not only present voices that are missing from “Hamilton: The Revolution” — Native Americans, slaves and white indentured servants — but also expose an upheaval that is happening in the American Historical Establishment as women, blacks, Native American and Latinx have their say.
Ishmael Reed’s 1980 film Personal Problemsis a black soap opera unfolding in the melancholy of the blues. Enlisting legendary Bill Gunn as director, Reed and producer Walter Cotton sketched out an improvisatory scenario exploring the moody tribulations of a group of Harlem residents. – Steve Seid
Hernandez’s Skin Tax received the American Book Award in 2006. He joins Marguerite Muñoz and René Juarez-Vazquez for a reading of recent works. Thursday, May 9 – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm The Poetry Center, HUM 512, San Francisco State University Free and open to the public.