Desiree C. Bailey

Finalist, 2021 National Book Awards

Desiree C. Bailey is the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater and has been published in the Best American Poetry series, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Callaloo, and elsewhere. (Photo credit: Wilton Schereka)
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What Noise Against the Cane

ISBN  9780300256536 Yale University Press

What Noise Against the Cane is a lyric quest for belonging and freedom, weaving political resistance, Caribbean folklore, immigration, and the realities of Black life in America. More about this book >

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Desiree C. Bailey

Desiree C. Bailey is the author of the fiction chapbook In Dirt or Saltwater and has been published in the Best American Poetry and Best New Poets series, Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, Callaloo, and elsewhere. Desiree has a BA from Georgetown University, an MFA in Fiction from Brown University and an MFA in Poetry from New York University. She has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center, Kimbilio, Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Poets House, The Conversation, and Princeton in Africa. She has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts and Poets & Writers. Desiree is from Trinidad and Tobago, and Queens, New York.

(Photo credit: Wilton Schereka)

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