Danez Smith

Finalist, 2017 National Book Awards

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a Finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy , winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry.
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Don’t Call Us Dead

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith book cover
ISBN 9781555977856 Graywolf Press

Don't Call Us Dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America--"Dear White America"--where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle. More about this book >

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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award, and a Finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy , winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez’s work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, the 2020 Pushcart Prize Anthology, and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in January 2020.

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