Richard Prins is a New Yorker who sometimes lives in Dar es Salaam. He received his MFA degree in poetry from New York University, where he was a Goldwater Fellow and Adjunct Instructor of Creative Writing. Now he avoids situations where he might be asked, “what do you do?” and have to answer “I’m a poet” without sounding too wacky or precious.
His current projects include a poetry manuscript called “To Pangaea” that began as his MFA thesis, and a short collection of lyric travel essays called “The Wanderer Eats His Own Feet.” He also hopes to spend more time translating Swahili poetry, preferably in Dar es Salaam.
He has taught creative and expository writing to students of all ages, in public schools, private universities, hospitals, and as a private tutor. He has written grants, policy papers and edited manuscripts for businesses, political candidates and professors.
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Listing last updated: August 19, 2013