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Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters


the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design

Thank you, Pennsylvania College for the Arts for conferring upon me a Doctorate of Humane Letters on May 3, 2024. I am deeply grateful and utterly surprised by this honor. I hope to continue to give to my community in whatever ways I can. In this life I have been amazingly blesed.


Pleiades and the Pushcart Prize

Amazingly, I have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize for the second time this year. Thank you, Pleiades, for nominating "The Course of Human Events" I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


The Summerset Review and the Pushcart Prize

Thank you, Erin Murphy, editor of the Summerset Review, for nominating my poem, "Allies and Ancestors for the Pushcart Prize. Thrilled doesn't do justice to my emotions.


Best Prize Finalist for Big Lucks


A Chorus for Cotton published as Sing Silence was chosen as a finalist by Big Luck. Congratulations to the winner, ismael luna, for "leave anything."


The Summerset Review and the Best of the Net


Thank you Meredith Davies Hadaway and The Summerset Review for nominating "Uses of Cotton (Visibility)" for the 2016 Best of the Net.


Pittsburgh Poetry Review and the Pushcart Prize



Thank you Michael Albright and the Pittsburgh Poetry Review for nominating "Interview with Cotton, Part 1 (Dreams)" for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


The Best American Poetry


My heartfelt thanks to guest editor Terrance Hayes and series editor David Lehman  for selecting "No Doubt About It (I Gotta Get Another Hat)" for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014. My gratitude continues and extends to Little Patuxent Review for originally publishing it in their Issue 13, Winter 2013.


Thank you for everything, forever.


The Public Poetry Project

I'm pleased to announce that the poem "Epidemic," previously published in the Baltimore Review's Winter 2013 Issue, has been chosen by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Public Poetry Project as one of four poems that have been made into posters and distributed throughout the commonwealth to libraries, book stores, and other locations. I am thankful beyond words. The other poets chosen are Stephen Berg, W.S. DiPiero and Shara McCallam. Such fine poets, all.



Baltimore Review


I am grateful to the Baltimore Review and Bruce A. Jacobs for choosing "Epidemic" as the winner of their 2013 Winter Writing contest. I have some long-desired poetry books in mind to buy with the prize.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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Our Ballpark/Clipper Magazine Stadium










In 2012, my poem, "Our Ballpark," was incorporated into Derek Parker's sculptor, "Common Thread" and installed in front of Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as part of the Lancaster, Pennsylvania's Poetry Paths project.

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