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“Don’t Call Us Dead,” recent winner of the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection

Poet Danez Smith, recent winner of the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection, reads along with creative writing seniors Cody Cortes, Madeleine Le Cesne, Annabelle Tseng and Jonah Herzog Arbeitman at Labyrinth Books in Princeton.

The C.K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the late Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet C.K. Williams, who served on Princeton’s Creative Writing faculty for 20 years, showcases senior thesis students of the Program in Creative Writing with established writers as special guests.


Danez smith

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Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer, teacher, & performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), a finalist for National Book Award and winner of the 2018 Forward Prize for Best Collection; and [insert] boy (YesYes Books 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow as well as the winner of the inaugural Four Quartets Prize from the Poetry Society of America. Danez’s work has been featured widely, including in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, Best American Poetry, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


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