Three African American Men Among the Finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

CGUlogoClaremont Graduate University in California has announced five finalists for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. The award, which comes with a $100,000 prize, is given annually to a mid-career poet. The winner will be announced in March and honored at a ceremony on April 7.

Three of the five finalists are African American men.

darganKyle Dargan is an associate professor in the department of literature and director of the creative writing program at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the founding editor of Post No Ills magazine and is the former managing editor of Callaloo. Dargan is being honored for his poetry collection Honest Engine (University of Georgia Press, 2015). A graduate of the University of Virginia, Dargan holds a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Indiana University.

RossRoss Gay teaches in the creative writing program at Indiana University and for the low-residency master of fine arts degree program in poetry at Drew University in New Jersey. He is being honored for his collection Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), which is also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the poetry category. Dr. Gay is a native of Youngstown, Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Dr. Gay earned a master of fine arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, and a Ph.D. in American literature from Temple University in Philadelphia.

FredMotenFred Moten is a professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is being honored for his poetry collection The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2014). Professor Moten is also the author of several books including In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003). Dr. Moten is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Update: On March 2, Ross Gay was named the winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

In Memoriam: O. Jerome Green, 1954-2024

President of historically Black Shorter College O. Jerome Green passed way unexpectedly on April 8. Since he became president in 2012, the college has experienced record-breaking enrollment and graduation rates, created new academic programs, and established the STEM Center for Academic Excellence.

Federal Report Uncovers Lack of Faculty Diversity and Delay in Federal Discrimination Complaint Processing

In addition to a lack of diversity in higher education faculty, the report revealed a frequent delay by the Department of Education when referring discrimination complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Christopher Span Appointed Dean of Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Span, professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois, is a scholar of African American educational history. He has experience in both academic and administrative leadership positions.

Lingering Mistrust From Tuskegee Syphilis Study Connected to COVID-19 Vaccine Reluctance

African Americans who lived within 750 miles of Tuskegee, Alabama, were more reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than their White neighbors, as well as Black Americans from other United States regions. The authors attribute this finding to lingering mistrust of public health services as a result of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study which ran from the 1930s to 1972.

Featured Jobs