Rio Cortez

Longlist, 2022 National Book Awards

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of The ABCs of Black History and I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, winner of the 2015 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize.
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Golden Ax

ISBN 9780143137139 Penguin Books / Penguin Random House

From a visionary writer praised for her captivating work on Black history and experience, comes a poetry collection exploring personal, political, and artistic frontiers, journeying from her family’s history as “Afropioneers” in the American West to shimmering glimpses of transcendent, liberated futures. More about this book >

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Rio Cortez

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Rio Cortez is the New York Times bestselling author of The ABCs of Black History and I Have Learned to Define a Field as a Space Between Mountains, winner of the 2015 Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize. Her honors include a Poets & Writers Amy Award, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, Canto Mundo, the Jerome Foundation, and Poet’s House. Rio holds an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.

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