Our seventh chapbook finalist is DANEZ SMITH, for his manuscript, bare & plenty. Check out and share a poem from the manuscript, (first published in Bloom Literary Journal) above!
Danez Smith is a proud Cave Canem Fellow, 2-time Pushcart Nominee, Best New Poets Nominee & avid twerker from St. Paul, MN. Danez, as a poet, performer & playwright, has taken his work across the country to schools, community centers, poetry venues, and theatres across the country, as well as aboard in places like the UK, Mexico, Switzerland, and Panama, where he co-founded a bilingual education program with the US Embassy. Danez came into writing through poetry slams, and placed 6th in the world at the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam and is the 2013 Rustbelt Midwest Regional Slam Champion. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gertrude, decomP, The Cortland Review, Anti-, Southern Indiana Review, PANK as well as other journals and anthologies. He is an assistant editor for Muzzle Magazine and edits the Line Breaks Chapbook Series for First Wave. He thinks you look good today, now werk!