Danez Smith was born St. Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has been published and featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares. He is a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and a recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. He is a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam fnalist, placing second in 2014. He edits for The Offng and is a founding member of two collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. He lives in the midwest most of the time.
Danez was featured in American Academy of Poet’s Emerging Writers Series by National Book Award Finalist, Patricia Smith. Like her, he bridges the poetics of the stage to that of the page. Danez’s work transcends arbitrary boundaries to present work that is gripping, dismantling of oppression constructs, and striking on the human heart. Often centered around intersections of race, class, sexuality, faith, and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, ferce raw power, and image to re-imagine the world as he takes it apart in his work.
Learn more at Danez Smith’s official website