Douglas Kearney

Finalist, 2021 National Book Awards

Douglas Kearney has published seven poetry collections, including Buck Studies, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and the California Book Award Silver Medal in poetry. (Photo credit: Bao Phi)
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Sho

ISBN 9781950268153 Wave Books

Eschewing performative typography, Douglas Kearney’s Sho aims to hit crooked licks with straight-seeming sticks. Navigating the complex penetrability of language, these poems are sonic in their espousal of Black vernacular strategies, while examining histories and current events through the lyric, brand new dances, and other performances. More about this book >

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Douglas Kearney

Douglas Kearney has published seven poetry collections, including Buck Studies, which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize, the CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry, and the California Book Award Silver Medal in poetry. Someone Took They Tongues collects several of Kearney’s libretti, and his poetry collection Mess and Mess and was a Small Press Distribution Handpicked Selection. He has received a Whiting Award, a Cy Twombly Award for Poetry, and fellowships from Cave Canem and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, among others. Kearney teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and lives in St. Paul with his family.

(Photo credit: Bao Phi)

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