WINNER OF THE 2022 STAN AND TOM WICK POETRY PRIZE
The Wick Poetry Center is utterly delighted to announce that Cornelius Eady has selected Arlene Keizer’s manuscript, “Fraternal Light: On Painting While Black” as the winner of the 2022 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. Dr. Keizer will read together on the Kent State University campus Cornelius Eady in the fall of 2023.
Arlene Keizer, an Afro-Caribbean-American poet and scholar, writes about the literature, lived experience, theory, and visual art of the African Diaspora. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize, she later earned an MA in English and Creative Writing (Poetry) at Stanford University and a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of Black Subjects: Identity Formation in the Contemporary Narrative of Slavery, and her poems and articles have appeared in African American Review, American Literature, Kenyon Review, PMLA, Radical Teacher, TriQuarterly, and other journals and exhibit catalogues. New poems are forthcoming in Obsidian: Literature and Arts in the African Diaspora. Arlene completed Fraternal Light: On Painting While Black with the support of fellowships from the Beinecke Library at Yale and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where she has been reading Beauford Delaney's mail. Born to emigrants from Trinidad, she lives in Brooklyn, NY and teaches at Pratt Institute.