Toi Derricotte, professor of English in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, has been elected to the board of chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. The board selects winners of the academy’s awards and fellowships and serves as ambassadors of poetry to the world at large.
Professor Derricotte is the author of five books of poetry and has published more than 1,000 poems. She is the co-founder of the Cave Canem Foundation, an organization of African American poets.
Professor Derricotte is a graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit. She earned a master’s degree in English literature and creative writing from New York University.