Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney

About Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney is an African-American Poet, Performer and Teacher. He published seven books, most recently Sho (2021), a Winner of the 2022 Griffin Poetry Prize, National Book Award, Pen American, and Minnesota Book Award finalist. His book Buck Studies (2016) was also the winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Award, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and silver medalist for the California Book Award (Poetry). Kearney’s collection of writing on poetics and performativity, Mess and Mess and (2015), was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection, and Starts Spinning (2019), a chapbook of poetry. His work is widely anthologized, and he is published widely in magazines and journals. Kearney teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he is a McKnight Presidential Fellow. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Altadena, CA, he lives with his family in St. Paul, MN.

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