Randall Horton

Randall Horton

About Randall Horton

Randall Horton is a contemporary African-American poet. He is the author of many poetry books like The Definition of Place published in 2006, The Lingua France of Ninth Street (2009), both with Main Street Rag and Pitch Dark Anarchy (Triquarterly/Northwestern University Press, 2013). Hook: A Memoir (2015) is published by Augury Books. As associate professor of English at the University of New Haven, Randall Horton is the only person in the United States with seven felony convictions and academic tenure. He serves on PEN America’s Prison Writing Program Committee, and is a member of the experimental performance group Heroes Are Gang Leaders, who have performed at premier venues and jazz festivals worldwide. He was the recipient of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and, most recently, the GLCA New Writers Award for Creative Nonfiction. Horton is also a fellow of Cave Canem and a member of the Affrilachian Poets, and senior editor at Willow Books, an independent literary press he helped to found in 2006.
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