Lucas Artists Fellow

Danez Smith is a black, queer, poz writer & performer from St. Paul, Minnesota. Danez's Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017) was a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award. Their debut collection [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014) was the winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and the John C. Zacharis Award from Ploughshares. Danez's work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, Granta, PBS NewsHour, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. They are a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, four-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Danez is a Literary Fellow at the Lucas Artists Program at Montalvo Arts Center. With their recent work Danez investigates friendship and intimacy - particularly working through intersections with humor, race, loss, and time - in both poetry and fiction.