Fellowship in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Congratulations to Rickey Laurentiis
The Inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the
Center for African American Poetry and Poetics

Rickey Laurentiis was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, as well as a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery award and the Lambda Literary Award, among other distinctions. His poetry has been supported by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Poetry Foundation, which awarded him a Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2012. In 2016, he traveled to Palestine as an invited reader for the Palestine Festival of Literature. He earned his MFA in Writing from Washington University in St Louis, where he was a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow, and his Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where he read literature and queer theory.

During his two-year fellowship, Mr. Laurentiis’s primary focus will be on his own poetry and creative work. He will also teach community workshops, lead sessions of the course Studio in African American Poetry and Poetics, participate in the interactive public forum Co-Lab, and give one public reading with a Q&A.