Douglas Kearney has published eight books ranging from poetry to essays to libretti. His most recent book is a collection of talks he presented for the Bagley Wright Lecture Series titled Optic Subwoof (Wave Books, 2022). His most recent poetry collection, Sho (Wave Books, 2021), is a Griffin Poetry Prize and Minnesota Book Award winner, and a National Book Award, Pen America, Hurston/Wright, Kingsley Tufts, and Big Other Book Award finalist. He is the 2021 recipient of OPERA America’s Campbell Opera Librettist Prize, created and generously funded by librettist/lyricist Mark Campbell. Kearney is a 2022 McKnight Writing Fellow. A Whiting Writer’s and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Cy Twombly awardee with residencies/fellowships from Cave Canem, The Rauschenberg Foundation, and others, he teaches Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.
"Reading Kearney’s poems is like being inside of a crystal — depending on the time of day and how the light is shining through the crystal, the poem’s meaning can change."
– LA Review of Books, review-in-dialogue with Dean Rader and Victoria Chang
"A charismatic creator of performance and print, Kearney is a contradictory artist: He writes from the vernacular and hip hop, slang, sprung rhythms and song riffs, but also mutates English into an intellectually dense, artificial language no one could ever speak."
– Ken Chen, NPR Review of Books
- “Buck,” “Promissorry Note,” “Borax*” “Static,” “Fire” (in Boundary2)
- "Manesology" (in LARB)
-"The Drifters After School" (in The New Republic)
-"Just Wanna Be Like" (in PEN America)
-"...Fox!" and "Sho" (in Poetry)
-"Everyday [I Gets]" and "Black Flight" (in Sewanee Review
-"Welter" (in Virginia Quarterly Review)
Interviews and Discussions