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Dear White America

By Danez Smith
Added: Monday, June 15, 2015  /  Danez Smith performs "Dear White America" at the 2014 Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 27, 2014 at the National Geographic Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC.
Danez Smith
Photo by David Hong.

Danez Smith is a Black, Queer, Poz writer & performer from St. Paul, MN. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), finalist for the 2017 National Book Award, 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, the Montalvo Arts Center, Cave Canem, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Danez's work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, Best American Poetry, Poetry Magazine, and on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Danez is a member of the Dark Noise Collective and is the co-host of VS with Franny Choi, a podcast sponsored by the Poetry Foundation and Postloudness. Danez’s third collection, Homie, will be published by Graywolf in Spring 2020.  Find more at Danez's website.

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