Roger Reeves

Finalist, 2022 National Book Awards

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and Best Barbarian. A 2021-2022 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Reeves is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 2015 Whiting Award, among other honors.
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Best Barbarian

book cover for Roger Reeves, Best Barbarian
ISBN 9780393609332 W. W. Norton & Company

The poems in Best Barbarian roam across the literary and social landscape, from Beowulf’s Grendel to the jazz musician Alice Coltrane, from reckoning with immigration at the U.S.–Mexico border to thinking through the fraught beauty of the moon on a summer night after the police have killed a Black man. More about this book >

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Roger Reeves at the 2022 National Book Awards Finalist Reading

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Roger Reeves

Roger Reeves is the author of King Me and Best Barbarian. A 2021-2022 Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow, Reeves is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 2015 Whiting Award, among other honors. His work has appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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