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Inquiry – The Power of Poetry featuring Malachi Black

Malachi Black is the author of the poetry collection Storm Toward Morning (Copper Canyon Press, 2014), a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award and a selection for the PSA’s New American Poets series (chosen by Ilya Kaminsky). Black is also the author of two limited-edition chapbooks: Quarantine (Argo Books, 2012) and Echolocation (Float Press, 2010). His poems appear or are forthcoming in AGNI, The American Poetry Review, The Believer, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Narrative, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review, among other journals, and in several recent and forthcoming anthologies, including Before the Door of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry (Yale U.P., 2013), Discoveries: New Writing from The Iowa Review (Iowa Review, 2012), and The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing [U.K.], 2016). A 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, Black has also received fellowships and awards from the Amy Clampitt House, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Emory University, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the MacDowell Colony, the Poetry Foundation (a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship), the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and Yaddo. Black was the subject of an Emerging Poet profile by Mark Jarman in American Poet: 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, including recent and forthcoming translations into French, Dutch, Croatian, and Lithuanian.


Black is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of San Diego and lives in



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