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Distinguished Writers Series - A. Van Jordan
Award-winning poet A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections, most recently, When I Waked, I Cried to Dream Again (WW Norton, 2023). His other books include The Cineaste (WW Norton, 2013), which Terrance Hayes described as "dazzling." Quantum Lyrics (WW Norton, 2007), M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (WW Norton, 2005), which was listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times, and Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001), which won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award. Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a United States Artists Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award in Poetry.
Jordan has taught at a number of institutions including, Prince Georges Community College, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The University of Texas at Austin, where he was tenured as an Associate Professor, Rutgers University-Newark where he served as the Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor, and at the University of Michigan, where he currently serves as the Robert Hayden Collegiate Professor of English Language & Literature.
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