Danez Smith is the write of [ insert ] boy ( 2014, YesYes Books), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Their 2nd collection will be ublished by Graywolf Press in 2017. Their work has published& amp; featured widely including in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity,& amp; Ploughshares. They re a 2014 Ruth Lilly- Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, a Cave Canem and VONA alum, and th recipient of a McKnight Foundation Fellowship. They hav a 2-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing 2nd in 2014. They edit for The Offing& amp; are a founding member of 2 collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club. They live in the midwest most of thi time.
Danez was featured in American Academy of Poet 's Emerging Writers Series by National Book Award Finalist Patricia Smith. Like her, Danez 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, gende, religio, and social justice, Danez uses rhythm, fierce raw power, and image to re-imagine the world as takes it apart in his work.