Biography

Recipients of the Roscoe Lee Browne
Poet-in-Residence Award

2016

Monica Ong Monica Ong is the author of Silent Anatomies (2015), selected by Joy Harjo as winner of the Kore Press First Book Award in poetry. An MFA graduate in Digital Media at the Rhode Island School of Design and Kundiman poetry fellow, her work has been published in journals including the Drunken Boat, Glassworks Magazine, Tidal Basin Review, and the Seneca Review.

Ong’s visual poetry is often derived from narrative art installations. Recent exhibitions include Philalalia: Ink & Print (Temple Contemporary Gallery, 2015), as part of a festival of handmade books and art; The Fearsome BMI: Women Artists and the Body (Institute of Women and Art, Rutgers University, 2014); Critical Condition: When Silence Speaks (Parachute Factory, Yale University, 2011) which Ong curated; and See You on the Flip Side! (AC Institute, NYC, 2011).

2015

Danez Smith of St. Paul MN is the recipient of a 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & The Poetry Foundation. He is also a 2014 McKnight Foundation/Loft Literary Center Poetry Fellow, chosen by Nikky Finney. A Cave Canem & VONA fellow, Danez is the author of [insert] Boy (forthcoming, YesYes Books) & the chapbook hands on ya knees (Penmanship books, 2013). He was featured in The Academy of American Poets’ Emerging Poets Series by Patricia Smith and the winner of the 2014 Paris-American Reading Prize. His writing has appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Cortland Review & elsewhere. In the last year, Danez was a finalist for poetry awards from the Indiana Review, Rattle, Two Sylvias Press, and Narrative Magazine. Danez is a founding member of the multi-genre, multicultural Dark Noise Collective. In Poetry Slam, he is a 2011 Individual World

Poetry Slam finalist, the reigning 2-time Rustbelt Individual Champion & was on 2014 Championship Team Sad Boy Supper Club. In 2014, he was the Festival Director for the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam. He holds a BA from UW-Madison where he was a First Wave Urban Arts Scholar. He was born in St. Paul, MN.

Danez Smith

2014

Dong Li's honors include Henry Luce Foundation, Vermont Studio Center and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, twice) fellowships as well as the inaugural Edwin Honig Memorial, Kim Ann Arstark Memorial, The William and Alethe Weston Fine Arts poetry awards. Born and raised in the People's Republic of China, Li has degrees from Deep Springs College and Brown University. He is currently the Olive B. O'Connor Fellow in Creative Writing at Colgate University for the academic year 2013-2014. His work has appeared in Conjunctions and comma, poetry.

Dong Li

2013

Jonathan Skinner founded and edits the journal ecopoetics(www.ecopoetics.org), which features creative-critical intersections between writing and ecology. Skinner also writes ecocriticism on contemporary poetry and poetics: he has published essays on the poets Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, Ronald Johnson, Bernadette Mayer, Lorine Niedecker, and Charles Olson; on Poetries of the Third Landscape, Documentary Poetics, and Poetry Animals; and an ethnographic study of the Tohono O’odham Mockingbird Speech. Skinner’s poetry collections include Birds of Tifft  (BlazeVox 2011),Warblers (Albion Books, 2010), With Naked Foot (Little Scratch Pad Press, 2009), and Political Cactus Poems (Palm Press, 2005). Skinner’s latest creative project is a book on the urban landscape designs of Frederick Law Olmsted. A Rhodes Scholar, he is currently at Warwick University in the UK.

Jonathan Skinner

2012

Stephen Motika is the program director at Poets House in New York City and publisher of Nightboat Books, a nonprofit press based in the Upper Delaware Valley. He is the editor of Tiresias: The Collected Poems of Leland Hickman (2009) and the author of the poetry chapbooks, Arrival and At Mono (2007) and In the Madrones (2011). His first collection of poetry, Western Practice, was published by Alice James Books in April 2012. Recent work has appeared in At Length, The Brooklyn Review, Eleven Eleven, The Boog City Reader 4, and The Poetry Project Newsletter. The recipient of 2010-2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Residency, he holds a MFA from Brooklyn College.

 

Stephen Motika

 

2011

Martha Oatis is the author of Two Precept (Portable Press at Yo-yo Labs) and several other works-in-progress. Poems and drawings have appeared most recently in Try! Magazine, EAOUGH, Aufgabe, and Mar con Soroche.  She has recently read at the Poetry Project, Zinc Bar, Uncalled For, and Segueway. An audio recording of Metaphysics Continued is available on PennSound. She lives in Massachusetts now, where for the last three years she has been on virtual retreat while becoming a physician of Chinese medicine.  Before that she taught poetry workshops for teens in New York City and volunteered at the Poetry Project. She is currently developing The Oatis Machinery Broadsides, a new publishing endeavor.

 

Martha Otis

 

2010

Melissa Buzzeo is the author of What Began Us (Leon Works, 2007), Face (Bookthug, 2009) and the forthcoming For Want and Sound (Les Figues, 2012). She holds degrees from both the University of Iowa’s Writing Workshop and from Cornell.  Her work has been translated into French and Catalan and she has taught at Iowa, Brown and Pratt Institute. At present her work on mourning meaning and impoverished speech, The Devastation, is coming to a close. Another work A Chasm, the social body, lies ahead.

 

Melissa Buzzeo

 

2009

Bruce Sneider is the author of "The Year We Studied Women," winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in poetry form the University of Wisconsin Press. Originally from Indiana, he lived for several years in Austin, Texas, where he was a James A. Michener Fellow in poetry and playwriting at the University of Texas Michener Center for Writers. His poetry and non-fiction have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Southern Review PN Review, Ploughshares Review and Prairie Schooner. A former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones Lecturer in Poetry at Stanford University, he is currently the writer-in-residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT.

 

Bruce Sneider

 

2008

Jibade Khalil Huffman was born in Detroit and raised in Florida. His poetry, fiction and photography have appeared in Boston Review Court Green, NOON, Aufgabe and Encyclopedia, among others. Educated at Bard College and Browne University, his awards include the Groiller Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Millay Colony and the Ucross Foundation. His first book of poetry "19 Names For Our Band" is published by Fence Books.

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Jibade Khalil Huffman