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 “Naked Choir”, and a collection of travel narratives “The Wanderer Eats His Own Legs”. He also hopes to spend more time translating Swahili poetry, preferably in Dar es Salaam, where he advises an entertainment company that organizes Swahili hip-hop festivals.
He currently serves as poetry editor with the literary series Ink.ed MFA and as a poetry instructor and mentor with Hunts Point Alliance For Children. He also manages a mixed-use building in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn, where he lives.
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Listing last updated: August 11, 2014