A. Van Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry. His most recent, The Cineaste (W.W. Norton, 2013)–a montage exploring film, poetry, and the elusiveness of reverie–was a finalist for both an NAACP Image Award and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
His debut volume, Rise (Tia Chucha Press, 2001), won the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award and was selected for the Book of the Month Club from the Academy of American Poets. M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A (Norton, 2005) tells the story of the first African American to reach the National Spelling Bee finals in 1936; it was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Award and selected as one the Best Books of 2005 by The London Times. Norton also published his third collection, Quantum Lyrics (2007). Jordan has been awarded a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize, is a recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a United States Artists Williams Fellowship, and had work selected for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2013. He is currently Collegiate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at the University of Michigan and distinguished visiting professor at Ithaca College. He previously served as the first Henry Rutgers Presidential Professor at the Rutgers University-Newark, and teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. To add to his poetry MFA from Warren Wilson, he recently earned one from Vermont College of Fine Arts’ MFA in Film Program.