Danez Smith is a Black, queer, poz writer & performer
from St. Paul, Minnesota. Danez is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead
(Graywolf Press, 2017) and [insert] boy
(YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts
Discovery Award, the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry, and the John C.
Zacharis Award from Ploughshares
Danez is also the author of two chapbooks, black
(2015, Button Poetry), winner of the Button Poetry Prize, and hands on your knees
Books). They are the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the
McKnight Foundation, and a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. Danez's
work has been featured widely including on Buzzfeed, Blavity, PBS NewsHour, and
on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. They are a two-time Individual World
Poetry Slam finalist, three-time Rustbelt Poetry Slam Champion, and a founding
member of the Dark Noise Collective.