Randall Horton is the author of Dead Weight: A Memoir in Essays (2022) and several books of poetry, including Pitch Dark Anarchy: Poems ( 2013) and The Lingua Franca of Ninth Street (2009). His most recent poetry collection, #289–128: Poems (2020) was awarded the American Book Award. In 2019 he served as poet-in-residence for the Civil Rights Corps in Washington, DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to challenging systemic injustice in the American legal system. His is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award, the Bea González Poetry, a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, the Great Lakes College Association Award for Creative Nonfiction, and a Right to Return Fellowship from the Soze Foundation. Most recently Horton received a Creative Capital award to place recording studios/ performance spaces in four correctional facilities. He currently sits on the Advisory Board of PEN America’s PEN Prison Writing Program and is Professor of English at the University of New Haven.
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