Douglas Kearney

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Douglas Kearney (1974)[1] is an American poet, performer and librettist. Kearney grew up in Altadena, California and teaches at California Institute of the Arts.[2] His work has appeared in Callaloo, Nocturnes, Jubilat, Beloit Poetry Journal, Gulf Coast, Poetry, Pleiades, Iowa Review, Callaloo, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Scapegoat, Obsidian, Boundary 2, Jacket2, Lana Turner, Brooklyn Rail, and Indiana Review.[3][4] In 2012, his and Anne LeBaron's opera, Crescent City, premiered and received widespread praise.[5] He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota.[6]


Kearney attended Howard University as an undergraduate. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts, with an MFA (2004).


  • 2000-2002 Cave Canem Fellowship
  • 2004 Bread Loaf Writer's Conference Fellowship
  • 2004 & 2005 Callaloo Creative Writer's Workshop Fellowship
  • 2006 Coat Hanger Award for poem Swimchant for Nigger Mer-folk[7][8]
  • 2007 Returning Fellow fellowships at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Poetry Workshop
  • 2007 Notable New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America[9]
  • 2008 Whiting Award[10][11]
  • 2008 National Poetry Series[12][13]
  • 2010 Finalist for Pen Center USA Award.[14]
  • 2014 California Book Awards Poetry Finalist for Patter [15]
  • 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award for Poetry for Buck Studies[16]
  • 2017 Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize[1]
  • 2021 Campbell Opera Librettist Prize [17]


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