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 “Can't Sing the Earth Back in Tune”, and a collection of travel narratives with a lyric bent “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, professors and political candidates. He currently manages a mixed-use building in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.
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Listing last updated: February 11, 2014