Derrick Austin


Madison, WI 53703

Author's Bio

Derrick Austin is the author of Trouble the Water (BOA Editions 2016), selected by Mary Szybist for the 2015 A. Poulin Jr Prize. A Cave Canem fellow, Pushcart Prize and four-time Best New Poets nominee, he earned his MFA at the University of Michigan where he also earned Hopwood Awards in poetry. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2015, New England Review, Image: A Journal of Arts and Religion, Gulf Coast, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Callaloo, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals and anthologies. He was the 2016-2017 Ron Wallace Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. He was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and a Lambda Literary Award.

Publications & Prizes

Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2016)

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African American, Feminist, LGBTQ
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Adults, LGBTQ, Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers, Teenagers
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Homestead, FL
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Last update: Sep 28, 2017