Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs

About Michael Kleber-Diggs

Michael Kleber-Diggs is an African-American poet, essayist and literary critic. His first poetry book Worldly Things published in 2021, won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, the 2022 Hefner Heitz Kansas Book Award in Poetry, the 2022 Balcones Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2022 Minnesota Book Award. Michael’s writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Spillway, Great River Review, Poem-a-Day, Poetry Daily, Potomac Review, Hunger Mountain and other journals and anthologies. Michael is a past Fellow with the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, a past-winner of the Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, and the former Poet Laureate of Anoka County libraries. Since 2016, Michael has been an instructor with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop. He also teaches Creative Writing in Augsburg University’s low-res MFA program and at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net and has been supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Jerome Foundation, and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.
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