Aracelis Girmay and High School Prize-winners


ARACELIS GIRMAY’s poems move with grace between defiance, heartbreak, prayerfulness, and hilarity. Her impressive debut collection, Teeth, drew from her various cultural lineages—Eritrean, Puerto Rican, African American—weaving them into a distinct voice that Martín Espada called “brave, lyrical, fiery, joyful.” The recent Kingdom Animalia, winner of the Isabella Gardner Award, has at its heart Darwin’s idea of common descent. As noted by the National Book Critics Circle, “Like an archaeologist, Girmay digs deeply finding herself in every living thing, even in the inanimate. Her magic is poetry at its best.”

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