Danez Smith is the author of [INSERT] BOY (YesYes Books, 2014), which won the Lambda Literary Prize for LGBT Poetry and was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Graywolf Publications will publish his second collection, Don't Call Us Dead, in 2017. He's also the author of the Button Poetry Prize-winning chapbooks hands on yo knees and black movie. Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares have all published and highlighted his poetry. He is a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow from 2014, as well as a Cave Canem and VONA alumnus and a McKnight Foundation Fellow.
He has competed in the Individual World Poetry Slam twice, finishing second in 2014. He is a founder member of two collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club, and edits for The Offing. He spends the majority of his time in the Midwest.