Adam Falkner

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer, Spoken Word Artist

Brooklyn, NY

Author's Bio

Dr. Adam Falkner is a poet, educator and arts & culture strategist. He is the author of The Willies (Button Poetry, 2020) and Adoption (Winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Chapbook Award), and his work has appeared in a range of print and media spaces including on programming for HBO, NBC, NPR, BET, in the New York Times, and elsewhere. A former high school English teacher in New York City’s public schools, Adam is a founding partner of the pioneering diversity consulting initiative, the Dialogue Arts Project, in which capacity he developes and facilitates trainings for schools, companies and cultural institutions across the country. Adam has toured the United States as a guest artist, lecturer and trainer for thousands of students, educators and culture workers, and was the featured performer at President Obama’s Grassroots Ball at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. He holds a Ph.D. in English and Education from Columbia University.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Constructivist Education in an Age of Accountability (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
Word Riot


The Break Beat Poets (Haymarket Books, 2015)
The WIllies (Button Poetry, 2020)
Adoption (Diode Editions, 2018)
Ten for Faheem (Penmanship Books, 2014)
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The Literary Bohemian
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Winter Tangerine Review
Page Meets Stage with Philip Levine (2010)

Spoken Word

Best Buy Performance Stage (2010)
Bowery Poetry Club (2010)
Le Poisson Rouge (2010)
Nuyorican Poets Cafe (2010)
Sarah Lawrence College (2010)
Bar 13 (2009)
Hampshire College (2009)
National Poetry Slam (2009)
Georgia State University ()
New York University ()
University of Washington ()
Warren Wilson College ()
Prizes won: 

Winner of the 2017 Diode Editions Chapbook Award


Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker , Seven Years From Somewhere by Philip Levine, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner , The Break Beat Poets Anthology by Haymarket Books , Hum by Jamaal May

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
LGBTQ, White
Fluent in: 
American Sign Language, English, Spanish
Born in: 
Ann Arbor
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Last update: Oct 24, 2020