Malachi Black

is the author of Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a Lannan Literary Selection, a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, and a selection for the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets Series (chosen by Ilya Kamnisky).  Black is also the author two limited-edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argos Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). His poems appear or are forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day series,  AGNI, The American Poetry ReviewBoston Review, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Iowa ReviewNarrative, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie SchoonerThe Southern Review, and Southwest Reviewamong other journals, and in a number of recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Before the Door of God (Yale UP, 2013); Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012); and The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing [U.K.], 2016). 

Black was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Morris County, New Jersey. He holds a B.A. from New York University, an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers, and a Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Writing emphasis from the University of Utah. The recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship (awarded by the Poetry Foundation in conjunction with Poetry magazine), Black has since received fellowships and awards from the Amy Clampitt Housethe Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in American Poets: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets, and his work has several times been set to music and has been featured in exhibitions both in the U.S. and abroad. A 2017 Rome Prize nominee, Black is Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego and lives in California.

Photo by Carmen Radley

Photo by Carmen Radley