Jay Wright was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and is an African-American poet, essayist, dramaturge, and theologian. Wright received the Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets for excellent poetic achievement. J.D. bestowed the honor. Jay Wright's works have appeared like summer lightning, abrupt and unexpected, dazzling in the surrounding darkness, according to McClatchy. He is the author of ten collections of poems as well as a drama. He played semi-pro baseball for the San Diego Padres before becoming a poet and studying comparative literature.