D. A. Powell was born in Albany, Georgia, in 1963. He is most recently the author of Repast: Tea, Lunch, Cocktails (Graywolf Press, 2014), a republished collection of his earlier trilogy exploring gay male sexuality, love, and religion in light of the HIV/AIDS crisis. His book, Chronic (Graywolf Press, 2009), received the 2010 Kingsley Tufts Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award. Powell is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Lyric Poetry Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Paul Engle Fellowship from the James Michener Center. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of Iowa, Sonoma State University, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and as the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Poetry at Harvard University.
D. A. Powell, excerpt from “The Imaginal Stage” Poem-a-Day, Academy of American Poets, 2019. Used with the permission of the author.
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