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, to love the dark. The author of Boy with Thorn (University of Pittsburgh, 2015), winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Laurentiis' other honors include fellowships from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, Lannan Literary Foundation and, most recently,  the Whiting Foundation. Their poem, "Visible City," opened Notes for Now, the exhibition catalogue for the art international Prospect.3 New Orleans, and was later anthologized in Bettering American Poetry, A Tale of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation. Laurentiis now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the inaugural Fellow in Creative Writing at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

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.